Plumbeous Water Redstart (Rhyacornis Fuliginosa) Pictures and Detail

Plumbeous Water Redstart, Redstart, Male
Plumbeous Water Redstart (Male)


Plumbeous Water Redstart  (Rhyacornis Fuliginosa) Pictures and Detail


During my visit to the small rocky river, I noticed that a small blue colored bird is trying to get my attention. On the first look, I recognized that it is a Redstart; however, I was not aware of it's particular name. Earlier, I covered one more Redstart on this blog, White Caped Redstart.


On some search, I found that it is a Plumbeous Water Redstart which is found near fast flowing water bodies, small river, rocky rivers etc. The scientific name of this bird is  Rhyacornis Fuliginos and it belong to Muscicapidae bird family. This bird is mainly found in South Asia, Southeast Asia and China in countries like India, Afghanistan, China, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan, Laos, Mynmmar, Thailand and Taiwan.

I took the pictures of male Plumbeous Water Redstart because the male birds are in slate blue color and female birds are in Grey color. Male birds do have a rusty red colored tail. Plumbeous Water Redstart is a small bird with a size of 14 cm.

Male, Plumbeous Water Redstart, from Back
Male Plumbeous Water Redstart from Back

Plumbeous Water Redstart doesn't like the entry of others in his space. It catches flies or flying insects over the flowing  water/stream; therefore, we can see it going higher and then coming down to catch flies over the flowing water.

This bird is mostly found at higher altitudes in Himalaya; though, it comes to lower altitude during winters. I found this bird alone and it showed some interest in me, maybe because of my passing through his territory.

So next time, When you visit a rocky river, then do remember noticing this bird; though, may times we may not find in many rocky rivers or streams.




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