French: Rougequeue à gorge blanche German: Weißkehl-Rotschwanz Spanish: Colirrojo gorjiblanco
J. E. Gray and G. R. Gray
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).
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
Song a quiet series of short, dry, trilled phrases, each containing 2–3 consecutive note... read more
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
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
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.
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