French: Bradybate à queue rouge German: Weißbauch-Rostschwanz Spanish: Colirrojo ventriblanco
J. E. Gray and G. R. Gray, 1847,
Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
H. p. phaenicuroides
(J. E. Gray & G. R. Gray, 1847) – Himalayas from N Pakistan E to Bhutan and N & W Myanmar (S to Mt Victoria); non-breeding also at lower elevations in N & NE India, E Myanmar and possibly NW Thailand.
H. p. ichangensis
E. C. S. Baker, 1922 – C & S China (E Qinghai, W & S Gansu, Ningxia and S Shaanxi, S to S & SE Xizang and W Yunnan) with an isolated population in the NE (Hebei and Beijing), possibly NW Vietnam; non-breeding also NW Thailand and N Laos.
18–19 cm; 22–25 g. Male nominate race is slaty grey-blue, with clear-cut white belly merging with greyish flanks; two small white carpal spots, long black... read more
Song, from covered perch in low dense bushes near forest edge (mainly in twilight and on moonlit... read more
Occupies transition zone between open bushy areas and closed forest, clearly preferring undergrowth... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, berries. Feeds mainly on ground, darting forward in little spurts or runs. Expands and erects tail.
End May to Jul. Nest is a deep, bulky cup of grass, dead leaves, roots and stems, lined with finer grass, hair and feathers, hidden on... read more
Altitudinal and short-distance migrant. Arrives on Kashmir breeding grounds mid-May.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Widespread and fairly common in Himalayas; uncommon to fairly common in China. Rare to uncommon in Myanmar, N Laos and N Vietnam (W Tonkin).
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