Male Black Redstart

Black Redstart

Scientific name: Phoenicurus ochruros

Did you know: Black Redstarts are highly adapted to life in urban environments? They are commonly found in cities and towns, where they are able to exploit a wide range of food sources and nesting sites.

They are truly a sight to behold
With their striking black and red plumage, long, slender beaks, and distinctive long tails, these birds are a joy to watch as they flit from branch to branch, searching for insects and other food.

These birds are known for their beautiful and intricate songs
The males have a rich, melodic repertoire of songs, which they use to attract mates and establish territory.

They are an important part of the UK’s urban ecosystems
These birds play a vital role in maintaining the balance of these habitats, and are important indicators of the health of these environments.

These birds are known for their agile and active behavior
They are constantly on the move, flitting from branch to branch and darting about in search of food.

The male Black Redstart’s song rings out from their prominent and high song posts during the breeding season, including the tops of tall buildings. Their melodies feature loud, melodic whistles and an unusual, rough grinding sound that is reminiscent of gravel being crunched underfoot. These vocalizations are a stunning display and an integral part of their mating rituals!

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Male Black Redstart Male
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Facts About The Black Redstart

Diet: They eat insects (including spiders and worms) as well as berries and seeds.
Bird Family: Chats
Length: 14cm
Wingspan: 22 - 26cm
Weight: 13 - 20g
Scientific Name: Phoenicurus ochruros

The Black Redstart Can Be Seen In The UK During The Following Months

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December