Alternative names: White-capped Water Redstart; River Chat
- Phoenicurus 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.
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.
Call: loud, shrill, a rising tseeit, tseeit
- 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/
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2023) White-capped Redstart. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 9 December 2023 from https://www.birdforum.net/opus/White-capped_Redstart
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