Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Eversmann’s Redstart (Phoenicurus erythronotus)


French: Rougequeue d’Eversmann German: Sprosserrotschwanz Spanish: Colirrojo de Eversmann
Other common names: Rufous-backed Redstart

Sylvia Erythronota


, 1841,

Altai Mountains


See comments under P. alaschanicus. Monotypic.


L Baikal area and N & W Mongolia S to E & SE Kazakhstan, W China (N & W Xinjiang), Kyrgyzstan and N Tajikistan; non-breeding at lower levels from Tien Shan S to S Iran, N & W Pakistan, NW India and WC Nepal, scarce in SE Arabian Peninsula (regular in Musandam).

Descriptive notes

15–16 cm; 15–22 g. Breeding male has wing and tail like P. alaschanicus, but crown to nape pale grey, with black mask, chin to breast and flanks orange-rufous... read more


Song, often from tree or bush, occasionally in flight or from rock, a lively unmusical mix of short... read more


Rocky scrub, fields with stone walls, edges and glades in sparse dry-ground coniferous woodland in... read more

Food and feeding

Largely insects, especially adult and larval beetles and caterpillars, during summer, but few data. Outside breeding season, fruit and... read more


Jun–Jul in C Asia and S Siberia. Nest a cup of grass stems and moss on base of twigs, lined with wool and fur, placed on ground under... read more


Fully or partially migratory, with unpredictable nomadism in winter. In autumn migrates SW, either... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Generally fairly common in S Russia but locally abundant; judged rare in China. Locally frequent in winter in Pakistan.

Recommended citation

Collar, N. (2019). Eversmann’s Redstart (Phoenicurus erythronotus). 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 11 December 2019).