French: Rougequeue de Güldenstädt German: Riesenrotschwanz Spanish: Colirrojo de Güldenstädt
Other common names: Güldenstädt's Redstart
Species name is latinized Greek adjective, and must therefore agree. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
P. e. erythrogastrus
(Güldenstädt, 1775) – Greater Caucasus Mts; winters at lower altitudes.
P. e. grandis
(Gould, 1850) – N L Baikal area, and from Altai and W Mongolia S to E Afghanistan, NW & C China, and in Himalayas; non-breeding also W & S of the range and E & S China.
18 cm; 21–29 g. Male nominate race has black face to upper breast, back and wings, white crown and large wing patch, rufous-orange rump and tail, rufous-orange lower... read more
Song, from prominent perch or in display-flight, a series of short clear melancholy whistled... read more
Breeds in alpine zone (above upper tree-line and dwarf-scrub zone) near permanent snows, in dry... read more
Food and feeding
In summer exclusively invertebrates, mostly insects (in particular moths) and spiders; berries prime and perhaps usually sole food in... read more
Jun–Jul in Caucasus and C Asia. Nest a bulky cup of grass and wool, lined with animal hair and feathers, placed well inside crevice... read more
Much of Caucasus population winters in upper R Terek basin, but timing and distance travelled vary... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. In 2000, European population (Caucasus) estimated at 1200–6000 pairs, and generally stable. Common in Caucasus and C Asia; casual in Armenia.... read more
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