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Blue-capped Redstart - BirdForum Opus

Male dorsal plumage
Photo © by paux
Almaty, Kazakhstan, May 2019
Phoenicurus coeruleocephala


Photo © by Askar Isabekov
Ile Alatau National Park, Kazakhstan, September 2006

15 cm (6 in)

  • Greyish-blue crown to nape
  • Black face and breast
  • Black upperparts
  • White band from shoulder to tertials


Blue-capped redstart is found in Himalayan Ranges from Bhutan in East through Nepal and India to Pakistan in west. It is also found in Northeastern Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and northwestern China.


This is a monotypic species[1].

Previous scientific name Phoenicurus caeruleocephalus.


Open dryish juniper-pine forests.


Photo © by Alok Tewari
Dalhousie, Western Himalayas, Himachal Pradesh, India, Dec-2014


Their diet consists mostly of insects, though berries and seeds are also eaten on occasion. Nestlings appear to be fed moths and caterpillars.


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  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Aug 2018)

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