Showing posts with label Redstart. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Redstart. Show all posts

Blue-fronted Redstart Pictures and Detail (Phoenicurus frontalis)

Blue-fronted Redstart, Redstart,
Blue-fronted Redstart

Blue-fronted Redstart Pictures and Detail- 

I have always found small birds like Redstart very curious and they mostly become curious about your activities and sometimes even come close to you. Last time, I shared my encounters with Black-Redstart, White-capped Redstart and Plumbeous Redstart and now, it's time to talk about Blue-fronted Redstart, whom I met in the foothills of Himachal Pradesh. 

Blue-front Redstart,
Blue-fronted Redstart
During a walk in empty fields, I found a pair of small birds looking for food, When I went close to them, then I realized that they are Redstart birds. Initially, I was not sure that which kind of Redstart these were. When I started taking pictures of them, then they also started coming close to me and started curiously observing me. Soon, they realized that I am not a threat to them, then they become busy with their old activities while ignoring my presence. 

Blue-fronted Redstart,
Blue-fronted Redstart
The scientific name of this bird is Phoenicurus frontalis and belongs to redstart genus Phoenicurus. The family of this bird is Muscicapidae (Chats and Old World flycatchers). Blue-fronted Redstart is mainly found in the northern Indian Subcontinent and in some parts of Southeast Asia. We can find these birds, mainly in the Himalayas or in hill areas in the countries like Afghanistan, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Tiebat, Thailand and Vietnam. 


Back, Blue-fronted Redstart
Back of Blue-fronted Redstart
The size of these birds is between 15-16 cm and they weigh around 13-18 gm. The color of Blue-fronted Redstart male is Blue on head, throat, back and in the wings. The underside of Blue-fronted Redstart is orange in color. While female birds are brownish-grey



The breeding season of Blue-fronted redstart is between May to August and we can see a 15 days to one month variation in their breeding season in different geographical regions. Blue-fronted Redstart is also found in regions where we find White capped Redstart, so we need to visit the nearby Himalayan hills to capture the pictures of Blue-fronted Redstart. 


Like the other Redstarts, They also mainly eat insects, berries, fruits and seeds. Blue-fronted Redstarts do show attitudinal migration; however, their range is mostly short. Our Himalayas are full of many beautiful birds and Blue-fronted Redstart is one of them. Therefore, it is very important for us to maintain the natural balance in the Himalayas, so that their creature remain safe. 


Blue-fronted Redstart,
Blue-fronted Redtart
So far, Blue-fronted Redstart are put in the category of list concerned birds because of their good population. In the future, I will bring you more pics and info on Blue-fronted Redstart. 

Black Redstart Pictures and Detail (Phoenicurus ochruros) A small curious Bird

Redstart, Black,
Black Redstart

Black Redstart Pictures and Detail- 


Today, I will discuss and share third Redstart with you with whom I spent some time and got its pictures. Earlier, I shared pictures of White capped Redstart and Plumbeous Redstart. Like the other redstart birds, Black Redstart is also a curious bird and it may come close to you when you are taking its pictures. 


Black, Redstart
Black Redstart

The scientific name of this bird is Phoenicurus ochruros and it belongs to redstart genus Phoenicurus. The scientific name of Indian subspecies is Phoenicurus ochruros rufiventris. Black Redstart, a small fly catcher bird has wide range and we can find many of their subspecies. Black Redtarts are found in Europe, Asia, China, Britain, Ireland and Africa. It is a resident world; however, the Black redstart living in the northern or colder parts may migrate to hot southern places. 

Black Redstart Front
Black Redstart Front


It is not a very difficult job to find a Black Redstart around you in India; though, with the change in geographical location may see the different sub-species of Black Redstart. These birds can be seen in wild, grassy field, close vegetation, thick forests and urban gardens. 



Black Redstart Back
Black Redstart Back

The size of these birds is 13 to 15 cm and 12 to 20 gm. The color of the upper part of Black Redstart is dark grey to black and color of the breast is black. The bottom part and tale are of orange-red color. 

Black Redstart Side View
Black Redstart side view

Black Redstart eats insects, earthworms, spiders, snails, fruits, berries and seeds. Their breeding season is May to August. It is always a great experience to come across a redstart bird and I liked my encounter with Black Redstart very much. 


Black Redstart, Closeup,

Next time, I will bring more pics and info of Black Redstart and other Redstart birds. 
Black Redstart


Black Redstart, Phoenicurus ochruros, Bird, Punjab,
Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros rufiventris)

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.




The White Capped Redstart Pictures and Detail (Chaimarrornis leucocephalus)


White Capped Redstart,  Himachal Pradesh, Himalayan Bird,
White Capped Redstart in Himachal Pradesh

The White Capped Redstart Pictures and Detail (Chaimarrornis leucocephalus)

I met White-capped Redstart in Himachal. During my visit to my native village in Himachal, my aunt told me that there is a beautiful bird moving around with white patch on the top of the head. I was lucky because I met the bird same evening and for the next four days we met three times. 

Fortunately, White-capped Redstart didn't mind my presence and I got a chance to take some beautiful pictures of this bird. White-capped Redstart is found in Indian Subcontinent and South-East Asia. Also check Plumbeous Water Redstart

White-capped, Redstart, Back,
White-capped Redstart from Back
The size of this bird is around 19 cm and its scientific name is (Chaimarrornis leucocephalus).  These birds belong to the Muscicapidae  family of birds. At present, White-capped Redstart is in the least concern category of birds as per the threat level and we can find them on a wide range. 

White-capped Redstart, Evening
White-capped Redstart at Evening
White-capped Redstart has got its name because of visible white patch on the top of its head. Both Male and Female White-capped Redstart are similar; though, we can find bigger white patch and dark colors in Male White-capped Redstart.

White Capped, Redstart
White-Capped Redstart
These birds are found in the foothills from 1500 meters to 6000 meters and they show altitudinal migration. They are also called White-capped river Redstart because they are found mostly near to rocky rivers in the hills.

White-capped Redstart,
White-capped Redstart

White-capped Redstart mainly eat insects, flies, ants, berries and grass seeds. The good point about White-capped Redstart is that it displays many postures and tail positions.


White-capped Redstart, Side
White-Capped Redstart from Side

Overall, White-capped Redstart is a wonderful bird which makes world of Birds even more beautiful. If we notice then we can find this bird; though it is not very common.

All pics of White-capped Redstart by Arvind Katoch