Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Hodgson's Redstart (Phoenicurus hodgsoni)


French: Rougequeue de Hodgson German: Tibetrotschwanz Spanish: Colirrojo de Hodgson

Ruticilla Hodgsoni

F. Moore

, 1854,





E & SE Tibetan Plateau E to C China (E Qinghai, W & S Gansu and S Shaanxi, S to W Sichuan and NW Yunnan); has bred in Bhutan#R; non-breeding W Nepal E to EC & S China and N Myanmar.

Descriptive notes

15 cm; 14–19 g. Very like P. phoenicurus, but slightly larger. Male differs in having narrower white frontal band, more extensive and slightly bluish (less... read more


Song a series of short, sprightly, variable phrases each consisting of tinny, tinkly, well-... read more


Breeds in varied montane landscapes such as part-wooded hills, poplar-studded and pine-studded... read more

Food and feeding

Insects, berries. Forages in short flights from perch; also sallies for flying insects.


May–Jul. Nest reportedly made of grass stems and twigs, lined with feathers, placed in hole amid pine roots, in rotten stump, in... read more


Migratory. Arrives on breeding grounds end Mar in Tibet, mid-Apr in China. Winter visitor to... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Fairly common in much of breeding range. In winter, locally common in India, fairly common in China and and scarce in N Myanmar.

Recommended citation

Collar, N. (2020). Hodgson's Redstart (Phoenicurus hodgsoni). 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 29 January 2020).