Hodgson's Redstart Phoenicurus hodgsoni
Male Hodgson's Redstart, Mo Chu River, Wangdue Phodrang, Bhutan, March 2008 - click for larger image

Mo Chu River, Wangdue Phodrang, Bhutan
March 2008

Hodgson's Redstart breeds on the Tibetan Plateau and migrates during the winter to the Himalayas from Nepal to central China.

Male Hodgson's Redstart, Mo Chu River, Wangdue Phodrang, Bhutan, March 2008 - click for larger image It breeds in a variety of montane habitats with trees or bushes while it winters in open scrub and near cultivation. Usually associated with rivers and streams.

The male is similar to the Common Redstart P. phoenicurus but is larger, with a narrower white forehead, more extensive dark throat and more extensive rufous-orange on the belly. It also has a white wing panel.
Male Hodgson's Redstart, Mo Chu River, Wangdue Phodrang, Bhutan, March 2008 - click for larger image Brian Houghton Hodgson was a diplomat and naturalist who lived in Nepal from 1825 to 1843 and Darjeeling from 1845 to 1859. He described 79 new species.

Additional information is available via Avibase.
Male Hodgson's Redstart, Mo Chu River, Wangdue Phodrang, Bhutan, March 2008 - click for larger image
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