Redstarts are small insectivorous ground-feeding birds that occur in the Old World (Europe, Asia, Africa). Most northern species are migratory.

They were named for their red tail (“start” is the modern English reflex of Middle English stert, Old English steort = tail of an animal, which gives the group its name).

Species include:

  • Family Muscicapidae
    • Genus Phoenicurus
      • Ala Shan Redstart (Phoenicurus alaschanicus)Rufous-backed Redstart (Phoenicurus erythronota)Blue-capped Redstart (Phoenicurus caeruleocephalus) Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros) Common Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus)Hodgson’s Redstart (Phoenicurus hodgsoni)White-throated Redstart (Phoenicurus schisticeps) Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus) Moussier’s Redstart (Phoenicurus moussieri)White-winged Redstart (Phoenicurus erythrogaster)Blue-fronted Redstart (Phoenicurus frontalis)
      Genus Chaimarrornis
      • White-capped Redstart (Chaimarrornis leucocephalus)
      Genus Rhyacornis
      • Plumbeous Redstart (Rhyacornis fuliginosus)

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