Muscicapini

White-winged Redstart

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Phoenicurus erythrogastrus
Nepali Name: सेतोपंखे खञ्जरी

White-winged Redstart
White-winged Redstart. Pheriche (Everest Base Camp Trek), Solukhumbu, Nepal, 4,371 meters. Photo; Ashish Shrestha

Bluethroat

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Luscinia svecica
Nepali Name: भूमिचर  नीलकण्ठ

Bluethroat
Bluethroat. Neel Barahi Manahara, Bhaktapur, Nepal. 1,300 meters. 10 November, 2020. Photo: Ashish Shrestha

White-capped Redstart

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Chaimarrornis leucocephalus
Nepali Name: सेतो टाउके जलखञ्जरी (Seto Tauke Jalkhanjari)

Notes:
1. A staple bird of Himalayan streams right from the lowlands to high mountains. Descends during the winter and goes up to breed.
2. Very territorial during the breeding season.
3. Rather animated and cheerful behavior.
4. Males have a slightly larger head cap.

Grey Bushchat

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Saxicola ferreus
Nepali Name:  हिमाली झ्याप्सी Himali Jhyapsi

Verditer Flycatcher

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Eumyias thalassinus
Nepali Name: नीलतुथे अर्जुनक Niltuthe Arjunak

Notes:
1. The prettiest bird that heralds the coming of summer in Kathmandu. Goes to lower altitudes and southern India during the winters.
2. Evidently they get their color from the structure of the feathers rather than pigments. See: http://www.theguardian.com/science/grrlscientist/2011/dec/17/4
3. Unlike other flycatchers it changes posts rather frequently during its aerial forays.
4. Reacts to playback.

Hodgson’s Redstart

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Phoenicurus hodgsoni
Nepali Name:  तनकम्प खञ्जरी Tanakampa Khanjari

Black Redstart

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Phoenicurus ochruros
Nepali Name: ध्याप्ची खञ्जरी Dhyapchi Khanjari

Black Redstart
Lobuche (Everest Base Camp Trek), Solukhumbu, Nepal. 4,930m. 25 May, 2014. Photo: Ashish Shrestha.

Little Forktail

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Enicurus scouleri
Nepali Name: गंगा खोलेधोबिनी Ganga Kholedhobini

Blue Whistling Thrush

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Myophonus caeruleus
Nepali Name: कल्चौडे Kalchaude

Notes:
1. Very few mountain streams do not have these birds for company.
2. Rather melodious call. Call variations.

Blue-capped Rock Thrush

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Monticola cinclorhynchus
Nepali Name: सानो हजारा चाँचर Sano Hajaara Chanchar

Notes:
1. Its aerial forays for insects are very un-Thrush like.
2. Very vocal.