Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus)


Taxonomy

French: Rougequeue aurore German: Spiegelrotschwanz Spanish: Colirrojo dáurico
Taxonomy:

Motacilla aurorea

Pallas

, 1776,

Selenga River, south Russia

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Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. a. auroreus (Pallas, 1776) – SC Siberia (from W of L Baikal) and N & NE Mongolia E to Amurland and Ussuriland, S to N & C Korea and NE China (S to Hebei and N Shandong), small population recently established in C Japan (Nagano Prefecture#R); non-breeding C & S Korea, Japan (S from C Honshu), Taiwan, SE China (S from SE Henan and Anhui), Hainan and N Vietnam.
  • P. a. leucopterus Blyth, 1843 – C & E China (E Qinghai, NW Gansu and Shaanxi, S to SE Xizang and N Yunnan); non-breeding E Himalayas E to N Thailand and N Indochina.
  • Descriptive notes

    14–15 cm; 11–20 g. Male nominate race has grey crown to nape, palest in superciliary area, bordering black face and throat, black mantle, back and scapulars,... read more

    Voice

    Song a variable series of short, sweet, mostly descending phrases typically starting with 1–2... read more

    Habitat

    Sparse subalpine woods and forest, riverside thickets, secondary jungle, scrub, clearings, tea... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects, berries, seeds; in one study in China, five birds had eaten 68% insects (including grasshoppers, ants, flies, bugs and weevils)... read more

    Breeding

    Apr–Jun in S Siberia, and May–Aug in Mongolia and Tibet. Nest a cup made of straw, bark, moss and rootlets, lined with fine... read more

    Movements

    Migratory. Populations in SE Russia and NE China move down E Asian coast to S China, but some also... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common in most of breeding range; rare on N edges, but abundant in SW Transbaikalia. In Korean Peninsula common breeding, passage and... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. (2019). Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/58501 on 26 August 2019).