French: Rougequeue à calotte blanche German: Weißscheitel-Rotschwanz Spanish: Colirrojo acuático
Other common names:
Simla–Almora district, Himalaya
E Uzbekistan, SW Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and N Afghanistan E through Himalayas to C & NE China (N to N Qinghai and Hebei, E to Anhui), N Myanmar and N Vietnam#R; non-breeding at lower levels S to C Myanmar, N Thailand, N & C Laos and SE China (including Hainan).
18–19 cm; 24–42 g. Bobs body after landing, and wags part-fanned tail while drooping wings. Has white cap, black rest of head to back and wings and down to breast... read more
Song a protracted melodious, undulating, but rather weak and melancholy whistling, “tieu-yieu... read more
Breeds along larger rapid mountain streams, frequenting boulders among rushing water but visiting... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, including ephemeropterans, dipteran flies, notably craneflies, beetles and ants, also spiders and molluscs; occasionally berries (... read more
Season May–Jul/Aug; commonly double-brooded. Territory can be small in optimal habitat, pairs every 100–200 m of river. Nest a... read more
Altitudinal and short-distance migrant. In China reported to move to S in winter. In Afghanistan... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Uncommon in mountains of C Asia. Locally common in Pakistan; in Kagan Valley one bird seen every 300 m over 96 km, with estimated 300 pairs on this... read more
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