Hodgson’s Bushchats

Hodgson’s Bushchat, Saxicola insignis, is an Old World flycatcher in the genus Saxicola. It is also known as the White-throated Bushchat.

Hodgson’s Bushchat breeds in the alpine or subalpine meadows and scrub in the mountains of Mongolia and adjacent parts of Russia. It winters in the terai of Nepal and northern India, in wet and dry grasslands, reeds and tamarisks along riverbeds, and also in sugarcane fields.

This species has been classified as Vulnerable by BirdLife International. The major threat appears to be the rapid loss of grasslands in its wintering area. Protected areas where it occurs in winter include Kaziranga, Corbett and Manas National Parks, India, and Lumbini Crane Sanctuary, Royal Chitwan National Park and Sukla Phanta Wildlife Reserve, Nepal. The current population is estimated at between 2,500 and 10,000.

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