Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Moussier's Redstart (Phoenicurus moussieri)


French: Rougequeue de Moussier German: Diademrotschwanz Spanish: Colirrojo diademado

Erythacus Moussieri


, 1852,

Oran Province, Algeria




Morocco (Middle and High Atlas, W Anti-Atlas) E to N Tunisia, possibly NW Libya (Jebel Nefoussa#R); non-breeding disperses to lower altitudes, possibly regular in Malta#R.

Descriptive notes

12 cm; 14–15 g. Male has long white band from forehead along super­cilium and around rear ear-coverts, blackish from head below eye to back and wings, white wing... read more


Song a series of phrases, each a short scratchy warble consisting of thin reedy buzzing notes... read more


Open rugged hilly country and stony plateaux with xerophytic steppe scrub, scree, dry areas with... read more

Food and feeding

Insects, mainly ants (one seen feeding for long period on them, and a stomach held only small ants), beetles, grasshoppers and larvae; also... read more


Mid-Mar in SW Morocco, Apr–Jul in rest of country, but mid-May to Jun and perhaps Aug at elevations above 2000 m; early Apr to mid-... read more


Sedentary to some degree, but clear altitudinal movement and dispersive behaviour, and also a... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Common. Considered a scarce breeder in Tunisia; fairly widespread, although it avoids coastal plains.

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Christie, D.A. (2020). Moussier's Redstart (Phoenicurus moussieri). 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 21 January 2020).