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L. p. ichangensis, male
Photo by bambuza
Chiang Mai, Thailand, December 2012
Luscinia phaenicuroides


Subspecies phaenicuroides
Photo by Vadim
Lantang, Nepal, June 2017

Length 18–19 cm (7-7½ in), weight 22–25 g
A medium-sized subalpine scrub-dwelling chat, formerly thought to be related to redstarts, but now known from genetic evidence to be a nightingale. Tail fairly long; often fanned and cocked.
Male mostly dark blue, except for white lower belly, orange sides to the tail base, and two small white spots on the alula.
Female mostly dark brown, except for whitish lower belly.

Similar species

White-tailed Robin is fairly similar, but lacks the white belly, and has white sides to the tail base (in both sexes) and a paler blue forehead in males.


Photo by robby thai
Doi Phu Hom Pok NP, Thailand, December 2017

Asia: found in China, Tibet, Inner Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, India, eastern and western Himalayas, Bhutan
Southeast Asia: Indochina, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam and Thailand


Formerly placed in genus Hodgsonius. Species name formerly often, but incorrectly, spelled "phoenicuroides"[1].


There are 2 subspecies[1], [2]:

  • L. p. phaenicuroides:
  • L. p. ichangensis:
  • Himalayas of western China; winters to northern Vietnam and Laos


Open to dense subalpine scrub forests, at 2400–4300 m altitude; descends lower in winter, down to 1300 m, where occupies dense scrub and woods[3].



Insects and other arthropods, small seeds, and berries; feeds mainly on the ground[3].


Recording by china guy, Sichuan, June 2011


  1. Gill, F and D Donsker (Eds). 2017. IOC World Bird Names (version 7.1). Available at http://www.worldbirdnames.org/.
  2. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  3. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliot, and D Christie, eds. 2005. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 10: Cuckoo-Shrikes to Thrushes. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8487334726
  4. Avibase

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