Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

White-throated Redstart (Phoenicurus schisticeps)


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

Ruticilla schisticeps

J. E. Gray and G. R. Gray

, 1847,





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


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.

Recommended citation

Collar, N. (2020). 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 on 23 January 2020).