French: Rougequeue à front blanc German: Gartenrotschwanz Spanish: Colirrojo real
Has hybridized several times with P. ochruros. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
P. p. phoenicurus
(Linnaeus, 1758) – Common Redstart – Europe (except SE) and NW Africa E to C Siberia, N & E Kazakhstan, N Mongolia and extreme NW China (Tarbagatai, perhaps also Altai, W Xinjiang)#R; winters mainly in Africa S of Sahara.
P. p. samamisicus
(Hablizl, 1783) – Ehrenberg’s Redstart – S Balkans and Greece E to S Caucasus, Iran, SW Turkmenistan, S Uzbekistan and SW Tajikistan, likely also NW Afghanistan#R; non-breeding NE Africa and SW Arabian Peninsula.
14 cm; 11–23 g. Male nominate race is bluish-grey from mid-crown to back and wings, with black face and throat, white band above forehead extending as short supercilium... read more
Song, by male on breeding grounds (occasionally in winter quarters), commonly from within foliage... read more
Open forest and woodland, including old parkland and park-like gardens, forest clearings and... read more
Food and feeding
Invertebrates and berries. Animal food includes adult and larval beetles of at least 13 families, adult flies of at least ten families,... read more
End Apr to mid-Jul in W Europe, up to 2 weeks earlier in S Europe; late May to late Jun in N Finland; May–Jul in Morocco; usually... read more
Migratory. In autumn, populations from W, C & N Europe move through Iberia over extended period... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. In mid-1990s, European population estimated at 1,962,293–3,369,902 pairs (most in Finland, France, Germany and Romania), while 100,000–1,... read more
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