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Black Redstart, Colirrojo tizón

Phoenicurus ochruros


The Black Redstart is 13–14.5 cm long. The adult male is overall dark grey to black on the upperparts and with a black breast; the lower rump and tail are orange-red, with the two central tail feathers dark red-brown. The belly and undertail are blackish-grey; the wings are blackish-grey with pale fringes on the secondaries forming a whitish panel. The female is grey (western subspecies) overall except for the orange-red lower rump and tail, greyer than the Common Redstart; at any age the grey axillaries and underwing coverts are also distinctive. One-year old males are similar to females but blacker; the whitish wing panel of the western subspecies does not develop until the second year. It is a bird of rocky slopes with scree and crags, or deep gorges, the Black Redstart also readily occupies towns and villages with older buildings that offer holes in which to nest and rough or waste ground where it can feed. In winter, a few use quarries and rocky coves along the coast, but most prefer rough ground, from new building sites to derelict land with brick and concrete rubble.


Spotted at a rocky sea shore.


Camera Model: NIKON D300. Exposure Time: 1/320 sec.; f/9; ISO Speed Rating: 800. Exposure Bias: 0 EV. Focal Length: 300.0 mm. No flash

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arlanda 6 years ago

Thanks Maria

Maria dB
Maria dB 6 years ago

Very nice series!

arlanda 6 years ago

Thanks Malcolm, I think you are right. I will change it inmediately.

I think this could be adult male, just finished bathing, and has a white wing bar.

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El Franco, Asturias, Spain

Spotted on Aug 27, 2013
Submitted on Nov 29, 2013

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