The Red-flanked Bluetail is a small songbird in the flycatcher family; it was formerly thought to belong in the same family as thrushes. These darlings are migratory, breeding in northern parts of Asia and Europe, and spending the winter in southern parts of Asia, including the Indian Subcontinent.
Males and female Red-flanked Bluetails both have blue tails and red-orange flanks, as the common name indicates. Males have dark blue upperparts, while females and juveniles have dull brown heads and backs.
The population trend for the Red-flanked Bluetail is stable and the conservation status is Least Concern as of November 2013.
Details & Statistics
The Red-flanked Bluetail is listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2015 by BirdLife International. This species has an extremely large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (extent of occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). The population trend appears to be stable, and hence the species does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size has not been quantified, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.