Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)


Luzon Water-redstart (Phoenicurus bicolor)


French: Rougequeue bicolore German: Luzonrotschwanz Spanish: Colirrojo bicolor

Chimarrhornis [sic] bicolor


, 1894,

northern Luzon, Philippines


Along with P. fuliginosus, sometimes separated in Rhyacornis. Monotypic.


N Luzon, in N Philippines. Not recorded on Mindoro since 1965#R.

Descriptive notes

15 cm. Male is like male P. fuliginosus, but rufous-chestnut also on rump and belly. Female is like male, but blue areas paler, chestnut areas browner. Juvenile is... read more


Calls consist of shrill high whistles.


Margins and adjacent boulders and vegetation of clear, undisturbed, fast-flowing, rocky-sided... read more

Food and feeding

Invertebrates, taken from water’s edge or on rocks or in flight. Forages mostly on ground, moving quickly from boulder to boulder.


Nest with young in Feb, and fledgling in May. One nest found, 1·5 m up rocky bank; had been used also in Mar of previous year. Clutch size... read more


Probably mainly sedentary. Records in Aug–Dec at migration bottleneck area Dalton Pass, in C... read more

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Mindoro EBA and Luzon EBA. Global population placed in range 2500–10,000 mature individuals. In recent review, 20... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. (2020). Luzon Water-redstart (Phoenicurus bicolor). 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 25 February 2020).