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6" (15 cm.) Sexually dimorphic.
 Confusion species
White-winged Redstart is larger, with a larger white wing patch and silver-white crown and nape in the male, female much paler and lacking the white wing patch. Male Hodgson's Redstart paler, with white eyebrow and smaller, narrower wing patch. Male White-throated Redstart with white throat patch, wing patch a long thin streak with white tertial edges. Black Redstart without white wing patch in either sex.
There are 2 subspecies:
Breeds in summer in subalpine forest, winters in lower deciduous scrub and cultivated land. Usually a common bird in suitable habitat.
Frequently shivers or shakes the tail.
The diet includes insects, seeds and berries.
Song: a series of clear whistled notes; call may be a few soft whistles followed by tac, tac notes, or a sharp peep or hit, wheet.
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Starts with Daurian Redstart, other calls include Chinese Bamboo Partridge, Oriental Greenfinch and a bulbul
Recording by china guy, Sichuan, China, September 2011
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