Not content with his fiery orange vest and this bird sports an equally vibrant shinning silver cap

The combination of a silvery gray head and a bright orange waistcoat makes this bird stand out everywhere he goes, whatever he does.

The Daurian redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus) is a tiny passerine bird native to Asia’s temperate zones.

Not content with his fiery orange vest and this bird sports an equally vibrant shinning silver cap

In Japan, it is usually referred to as jbitaki.

During breeding season, the male has a silvery gray head and neck, a black face, orange underparts, and dark wings with a white patch on each.

His mantle is brownish, his rump is orange, and he has a black tail with orange edges.

Females are brownish overall, but have the male’s colorful tail and wing patch.

Both sexes have black bills, eyes, and legs. Daurian Redstarts are migratory birds that may be found throughout East Asia, from Mongolia to the Himalayas.

Not content with his fiery orange vest and this bird sports an equally vibrant shinning silver cap

Open woods, woodland edges, and agricultural margins are preferred habitats for this species.

However, it is also prevalent in parks and many private gardens.

They are not easily frightened and allow humans to approach pretty near before flying off.

They generally consume insects, berries, and seeds.

With insects being their primary source of nutrition, especially during the mating season.

Little is known about these birds during the breeding season.

Not content with his fiery orange vest and this bird sports an equally vibrant shinning silver cap

Which occurs in the summer months in open wooded regions, scrubby vegetation, and subalpine locations.

The male is known to be quite territorial and will defend the nesting place.

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