Phoenicurus alaschanicus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Phoenicurus alaschanicus
Species Authority: (Przewalski, 1876)
Common Name(s):
English Ala Shan Redstart, Przevalski's Redstart

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2012
Date Assessed: 2012-05-01
Assessor(s): BirdLife International
Reviewer(s): Symes, A. & Butchart, S.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Benstead, P., Bird, J., Butchart, S., Khwaja, N.
This species is listed as Near Threatened because it is thought to have a moderately small population, which may be undergoing a continuing decline owing to forest loss. However, little is currently known about the population size of and threats to this species. Further information may indicate that its status warrants revision.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Phoenicurus alaschanicus is known from Qinghai, Gansu and Ningxia, China, with presumed non-breeding records from Shaanxi, Shanxi, Hebei and Beijing. Its breeding range and habitat requirements remain poorly understood because of the sparse ornithological coverage of much of its range.

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Population [top]

Population: This species is assumed to have a moderately small population because it has a restricted range within which it is not recorded commonly. It is placed in the band 10,000-19,999 individuals, equating to 6,667-13,333 mature individuals, rounded here to 6,000-15,000 mature individuals.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It breeds on dense scrub-covered hillsides with loose rocks, in bush-dotted riverine plains in the upper coniferous montane forest belt from c.3,300 m to the treeline, and it makes a short distance altitudinal migration, wintering down to 2,000 m. It apparently feeds extensively on berries in the autumn.

Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): It has presumably been affected by habitat loss.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Conservation Actions Underway
It has been recorded in the Helan Mountain Nature Reserve, and in or near to Yanchiwan Nature Reserve.

Conservation Actions Proposed
Improve knowledge of its habitat requirements and life history and use this information to delimit its geographic range. Calculate density estimates within suitable habitat and generate a global population estimate. Assess the threats to the species and if appropriate examine the rate and impact of forest loss within its altitudinal and geographic range. Effectively protect significant areas of suitable habitat at key sites, in both strictly protected areas and community-led multiple use areas.

Citation: BirdLife International 2012. Phoenicurus alaschanicus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 04 September 2015.
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