Alternative name: White-winged Redstart
- Phoenicurus erythrogastrus
18 cm (7 in)
- Black face, upper breast, back and wings
- Red rump and tail
- Reddish-orange underparts
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.
Regarding the name of this species: about half the world checklists use Güldenstädt's Redstart and the other half use White-winged Redstart.
Two subspecies are recognized:
- P. e. erythrogastrus:
- Caucasus Mountains to southern Caspian region of Iran
- P. e. grandis:
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.
Prefers rocky alpine meadows in summer, and sea-buckthorn (Hippophae spp.) thickets in winter, where it feeds on the berries.
Through the summer their diet is almost entirely insectivorous, particularly moths and spiders; moving on to berries in the winter.
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.
- 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/
- BF Member observations
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2023) Güldenstädt's Redstart. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 1 December 2023 from https://www.birdforum.net/opus/G%C3%BCldenst%C3%A4dt%27s_Redstart
GSearch checked for 2020 platform.