18 March, 2013

Black Redstart

Scientific Name: Phoenicurus ochruros

Population Estimate: 24.5M - 106M

Range / Habitat: Widespread in south and central Europe and Asia and northwest Africa, from Great Britain and Ireland south to Morocco, east to central China. Originally favored stoney ground, now can be found in similar urban habitats.

Field Notes: Adult male is overall dark grey to black on the upperparts and with a black breast. The lower rump and tail are orange-red. The belly and undertail are either blackish-grey or orange-red. There is a white wing panel. The female is grey to grey-brown overall except for the orange-red lower rump and tail, and white wing panel.

Personal Notes: Female restart shown above.

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