By Terry Townshend

Przevalski’s Redstart is endemic to China.  It breeds in Qinghai, Gansu and Ningxia Provinces and is a very rare winter vagrant to eastern China

BOOM!  On Saturday 15 February I found a male Przevalski’s Redstart (Alashan Redstart, Phoenicurus alaschanicus) at Lingshan, Beijing’s highest mountain.  This is the first record in Beijing for at least 20 years and is possibly only the second ever.

Przevalski's Redstart (Phoenicurus alaschanicus), Lingshan, Beijing, 15 February 2014.

Przevalski’s Redstart (Phoenicurus alaschanicus), Lingshan, Beijing, 15 February 2014.

GULDENSTADT'S REDSTART (left) chasing the PRZEVALSKI'S REDSTART (right), Lingshan, 15 February 2014.

GULDENSTADT’S REDSTART (left) chasing the PRZEVALSKI’S REDSTART (right), Lingshan, 15 February 2014.

Przevalski’s (don’t ask me to pronounce it) is arguably the most attractive and one of the most sought-after redstarts in China.  It is a high-altitude specialist, breeding on rocky and scrub-covered slopes above 3,300 metres and descending to 2,000 metres in winter.  Lingshan in Beijing has a peak of 2,303 metres and the altitude of the current bird is around 1800 metres.  It’s in the company of several Guldenstadt’s Redstarts (White-winged Redstart, Phoenicurus erythrogastrus).

Full story here.  Anyone visiting Beijing and wanting to see it, please contact me for precise location details.


2 thoughts on “PRZEVALSKI’S REDSTART in Beijing!

    1. Terry Townshend Post author

      Thanks Laurie! You are right… and a silent “z” makes the name easier to pronounce! Some people will prefer to use the bird’s alternative name – “Ala Shan Redstart”, which is also easier.. but I always prefer bird names that refer to the field ornithologists.


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