Redstart, Common


Name: Redstart, Common

Scientific name: Phoenicurus phoenicurus

Type: Redstart

Color: Black,Red

Habitat: Desert,Fields

Size: 15cm

Conservation status:

Passage Migrant


Typical redstart which bobs body and shivers tail (like Black Redstart). Male’s black cheeks and throat, contrasting sharply with rusty red underparts, grey crown with pronounced white forehead characteristic; upperparts grey-brown. Male samamisicus (breeds Turkey eastwards) has white wing-panel and, often, darker upperparts; (note that all races of male Black are more or less black-breasted); autumn male Common Redstart has black areas fringed pale. Female brownish; separated from similar Black by paler, warmer buffy white underparts. Hunts insects in flycatcher-like fashion. See female Black and Eversmann’s.

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