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Black Redstart; Colirrojo Tizón

Phoenicurus ochruros

Description:

The bird in the first picture shows a very white tail on the top, with 2 grey bars. The second picture shows a hint of red on the sides. The Spanish race birds all have red sides to the tail with very dark grey on the top of the tail and just a hint of white. The Spanish race males are much darker than this with large white flashes on the wings. Lou Solomon has suggested it is what he calls "a retarded 2cy male", this means it hatched last year and would normally be showing adult plumage by now as all the other Black Redstarts are.

Habitat:

Coastal marshes

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Sagunto/Sagunt, Comunidad Valenciana, Spain

Spotted on Mar 5, 2014
Submitted on Mar 7, 2014

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