Daurian Redstart

This species is defined as a Review Species . Please submit your records of this species via our record submission page .

Scientific Name: Phoenicurus auroreus

Malay Name: Murai-Jingga Utara Asia

Chinese Name: 北红尾鸲

Range: Found from southern Palearctic, North East India, northern China to Korea with some populations wintering south to southern China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan and Indochina.

Taxonomy: Polytypic. Subspecies are: leucopterus, auroreus.

Local Subspecies: leucopterus

Size: 15 cm

Identification: Male has greyish crown to upper mantle, black lower mantle and throat, broad white wing-patch and orange-rufous underparts, rump, uppertail-coverts and tail with blackish central feathers. Female and juvenile has uniform brownish overall plumage, smaller white wing-patch and similar rump and tail pattern as the male.

Similar looking species: Black Redstart

Habitat: Open forest, forest edge, parks and gardens.


Local Status: Vagrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

Past records in our database:

Showing only accepted records. Note that records currently under review are also not displayed, and the list may not be a full list of records of this species in Singapore. For more details, check the database here.

Migrant bar chart (see more bar charts):

Daurian Redstart Phoenicurus auroreus
Average number of individuals by week based on Singapore Bird Database data, Jul 2013 to Jun 2023 (all records)
Peak weeks Feb 05-Feb 11, Feb 12-Feb 18, Feb 19-Feb 25
Early date 02 Nov 2022
Late date 04 Mar 2013
Singapore's list of redstarts has grown from 0 to 2 species within the last decade. This is the less rare of the two, with the other being the Black Redstart, although both are vagrants.


BirdLife International. (2016). Phoenicurus auroreus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22710066A94232476.en. Accessed on 1 January 2023

Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.

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