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Collared Redstart

Myioborus torquatus


While walking through a mountainous forested area beside a river, this little bird followed me for a long while, checking me out and jumping around from tree to tree, branch to branch, always keeping me in sight. The Collared Whitestart or Collared Redstart (Myioborus torquatus) is a tropical New World warbler endemic to the mountains of Costa Rica and western Panama. Like other members of Myioborus, it is often called a "whitestart" rather than a "redstart".


Alpine forest beside a river in the Valley of the Quetzals, San Gerardo do Dota. The Collared Whitestart is common at heights between 1500 m and the timberline in mossy mountain forests, ravines, second growth, and adjacent pastures.

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pamsai 7 years ago

thanks Jakubko for the ID...

pamsai 7 years ago

Interesting Anne. It was so obvious it was playing with me, jumping around me to get attention. Stopping every now and then and peering at me. Such a cute bird.

pamsai 7 years ago

thanks akshaya, Dilan and Maria dB...

The MnMs
The MnMs 7 years ago


RiekoS 7 years ago

So pretty.

Jason Alexander
Jason Alexander 7 years ago

Cute bird!

Maria dB
Maria dB 7 years ago

Lovely series of a beautiful bird

His behavior of following you is typical and they have earned the local name of "amigo de hombre" because of it :)

Dilan Chathuranga
Dilan Chathuranga 7 years ago


akshaya 7 years ago

nice spotting pamsai.

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Cartago, Costa Rica

Spotted on Oct 16, 2013
Submitted on Nov 17, 2013

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