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Blue-fronted Redstart - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by bmlee
Dongting lake, Hunan province, China, 2003
Phoenicurus frontalis


Photo © by Yeshey Dorji
Dechephu, Thimphu, Bhutan, September 2004

15–16 cm (6-6¼ in)
Breeding Male:

  • Blue head, back wings and throat
  • Orange underparts, rump and upper tail
  • Black-tipped tail in inverted "T"


Asia: summers in the Himalayas and Afghanistan, China, Tibet, Nepal, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Bhutan.

Winters to south-east Asia, in Indochina, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam and Thailand.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Breeds in sub-alpine birch scrub, rhododendron, and dwarf juniper., and grassy areas.



During the summer their main diet consists of insects, moving on to berries and seeds in the autumn.


Their nest is a cup constructed from moss lined with hair or feathers. It is laid on a bed of coarse grass.


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  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. BF Member observations
  4. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Sept 2018)

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