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Güldenstädt's Redstart

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Alternative name: White-winged Redstart

Photo by Askar Isabekov Ile-Alatau National Park, Kazakhstan, January 2007
Photo by Askar Isabekov
Ile-Alatau National Park, Kazakhstan, January 2007
Phoenicurus erythrogastrus

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[edit] Identification

18 cm (7 in)
Male

  • Black face, upper breast, back and wings
  • Red rump and tail
  • Reddish-orange underparts

[edit] Distribution

Asia, where resident or moving short distances altitudinally at high altitudes in the Caucasus, the Himalaya, and central Asian mountains. Present in the following countries: Russia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Mongolia, China, Tibet, Nepal, Pakistan, India, Bhutan.

[edit] Taxonomy

Regarding the name of this species: about half the world checklists use Güldenstädt's Redstart and the other half use White-winged Redstart.

[edit] Subspecies

Two subspecies are recognized[1]:

  • P. e. erythrogastrus:
  • Caucasus Mountains to southern Caspian region of Iran
  • P. e. grandis:

[edit] Habitat

High rocky mountain slopes, breeding at 3,600-5,500 metres, descending only to 1,500-4,800 metres in winter. Gravel fields at the bottom of steep cliffs.

[edit] Behaviour

Prefers rocky alpine meadows in summer, and sea-buckthorn (Hippophae spp.) thickets in winter, where it feeds on the berries.

[edit] Diet

Through the summer their diet is almost entirely insectivorous, particularly moths and spiders; moving on to berries in the winter.

[edit] Breeding

They place their nest inside a crevice. It is a bulky structure made from grass and roots. The cup is lined with hair and feathers.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. BF Member observations

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