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Species of Thailand

White-capped water redstart

Phoenicurus leucocephalus

Nicholas Aylward Vigors, 1831

In Thai: นกเขนหัวขาวท้ายแดง

The white-capped redstart or white-capped water redstart (Phoenicurus leucocephalus) is a passerine bird of the Old World flycatcher family Muscicapidae native to the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia, and to certain regions of Central Asia.


Both genders are black with red underparts and white crown atop their heads. Males have a larger white pattern on top of the head and brown or red spots under the wings. It is found in the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia, as well as some adjoining areas. The species ranges across Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tibet and Vietnam. Its natural habitat is temperate forests.

This species was formerly placed in the monotypic genus Chaimarrornis but was moved to Phoenicurus based on the results of a molecular phylogenetic study published in 2010.

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Category / Seasonal Status

Wiki listed status (concerning Thai population): Mainly winter visitor

BCST Category: Recorded in an apparently wild state within the last 50 years

BCST Seasonal statuses:

  • Non-breeding visitor
  • Resident or presumed resident

Scientific classification

Phoenicurus leucocephalus

Common names

  • Thai: นกเขนหัวขาวท้ายแดง

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)


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White-capped redstart
White-capped redstart
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White-capped redstart

Range Map

Distribution map of White-capped water redstart, Phoenicurus leucocephalus in Thailand
  • Chiang Dao Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Doi Inthanon National Park
  • Doi Lo District, Chiang Mai
  • Doi Pha Hom Pok National Park
  • Doi Suthep - Pui National Park
  • Fang District, Chiang Mai
  • Huai Nam Dang National Park
  • Khun Korn Forest Park
  • Lam Nam Kok National Park
  • Phu Suan Sai National Park
Range map of Phoenicurus leucocephalus in Thailand