Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus)


French: Rougequeue aurore German: Spiegelrotschwanz Spanish: Colirrojo dáurico

Motacilla aurorea


, 1776,

Selenga River, south Russia


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


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


    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


    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


    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. (2020). 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 on 23 January 2020).