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
- Phoenicurus leucocephalus
- Thai: นกเขนหัวขาวท้ายแดง