Western Black Redstart (Male)
Western Black Redstart (Female)
Scientific Name 
Phoenicurus ochruros
Arabic Name 
الحميراء الدبساء الغربية
Kuwaiti name 
15.0 cm
Least Concern


Uncommon passage migrant and winter visitor. Seen in very small numbers in many places throughout Kuwait. This bird often forages on the ground, characteristically bobbing its body and trembling its tail.
Where in Kuwait 
It inhabits open, sparsely vegetated rocky terrain, including wadis, cliffs and gullies, typically in hills and mountains and it is in these areas that it is mostly found around SAANR
In the world 
It has an extremely large range and a population that is suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence for any declines or substantial threats. It has an extensive Palearctic distribution. It breeds in south and central Europe and Asia, from England, southern Sweden and Russia, south to the Mediterranean and Black Sea, and east into Asia. It is resident in most of its range, although birds from more northern latitudes winter in southern Europe and North Africa.
Local threats 
Habitat loss and degradation