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Alternative names: White-capped Water Redstart; River Chat
18-19 cm (7-7Ā½ in), 24-42 g. Sexes alike
Resembles male White-winged Redstart, but lacks the large white wing patch of the latter, as well as occurring in different habitat.
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.