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White-capped Redstart

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Alternative names: White-capped Water Redstart; River Chat

Photo © by Alok TewariRiver Shipra, Dist. Nainital, Alt. 4500 ft., Uttarakhand Himalayas,  India, October-2016
Photo © by Alok Tewari
River Shipra, Dist. Nainital, Alt. 4500 ft., Uttarakhand Himalayas, India, October-2016
Phoenicurus leucocephalus

Chaimarrornis leucocephalus



18-19 cm (7-7½ in), 24-42 g. Sexes alike
Larger than other redstarts; crown and nape snowy white, remainder of head, throat, breast, back, and wings black; belly, rump, vent, and base of tail reddish-rufous; a black bar across the end of the tail.

Similar species

Resembles male White-winged Redstart, but lacks the large white wing patch of the latter, as well as occurring in different habitat.


Photo © by bambuza  Chiangmai,  Thailand
Photo © by bambuza
Chiangmai, Thailand

Breeds in central Asia, Himalayas, and much of China, wintering at lower altitudes; some winter movement southward into NE India, N Indochina, and S China.


This is a monotypic species.
Formerly placed in the monotypic genus Chaimarrornis.


An altitudinal migrant along alpine streams, up to 4,000 m. Prefers to perch on boulders and rocks in fast water. Generally common, often occurring with dippers and Plumbeous Water Redstart.


Bobs head when alighting on rocks in fast streams, flicks tail continually.


Voice: Song a weak undulating whistle.
Call: loud, shrill, a rising tseeit, tseeit


  1. 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
  2. Avibase

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