Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

White-throated Redstart (Phoenicurus schisticeps)


Taxonomy

French: Rougequeue à gorge blanche German: Weißkehl-Rotschwanz Spanish: Colirrojo gorjiblanco
Taxonomy:

Ruticilla schisticeps

J. E. Gray and G. R. Gray

, 1847,

Nepal

.

Monotypic.

Distribution:

C & E Himalayas E from WC Nepal, and C China (E & SE Qinghai, S Gansu and SW Shaanxi, S to S & SE Xizang and N Yunnan).

Descriptive notes

15 cm; 15–17 g. Male has slaty-blue crown, black face to back and wings, rufous rump, long white band from wing-coverts to secondaries, rufous patch on lower scapulars... read more

Voice

Song a quiet series of short, dry, trilled phrases, each containing 2–3 consecutive note... read more

Habitat

Breeds in subalpine habitats, often near streams, below tree-line in open dry rainshadow areas with... read more

Food and feeding

Insects mainly in summer; also berries and seeds, in winter particularly of Hippophae and Juniperus. Makes short flights... read more

Breeding

Mid-May to Aug in Tibet; juveniles Jun–Jul in Nepal. Nest a cup of moss, grass, small dry twigs, leaves and bast, lined with soft... read more

Movements

Partially sedentary, some males merely moving to adjacent valleys, but some slight vertical and... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Common in Tibet and China; scarce in Himalayas. Status in N Myanmar uncertain; presumed scarce non-breeding visitor.

Recommended citation

Collar, N. (2019). White-throated Redstart (Phoenicurus schisticeps). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/58500 on 18 January 2019).