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Tim Melling – White-throated Redstart

Tim writes: that tiny white patch on the throat gives rise to the common name of this Redstart.  It occurs mainly in China and Tibet at high altitudes (2500-4500m), descending to lower altitudes in winter.  It feeds on insects in summer, but feeds mainly on berries in winter.  It is particularly fond of Sea Buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) berries and I photographed this individual in a Sea Buckthorn tree (which grows naturally in the Himalayas as well as by the sea in Europe).  Its scientific name Phoenicurus schisticeps translates as “flame-tailed, slate-headed”.  I photographed this male on the lower slopes of Balang Mountain in Sichuan, China.

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