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28 May 2014

Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros) female

The Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros) is a small passerine bird in the redstart genus Phoenicurus. Like its relatives, it's classed as a member an Old World flycatcher (Muscicapidae). It's widespread in south and central Europe and Asia and northwest Africa, from Great Britain and Ireland to Morocco, east to central China. It is resident in the milder parts of its range, but northeastern birds winter in southern and western Europe and Asia, and north Africa. It nests in crevices or holes in buildings. The Black Redstart is 13–14.5 cm long and weighs 12–20 g. 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. The belly and undertail are either blackish-grey (western subspecies).. The female is grey (western subspecies) overall except for the orange-red lower rump and tail.
What I especially love about small birds is their cute and sweet contours.

Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros) female with a rice grain. (by-nc-nd)

Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros) female. (by-nc-nd)

Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros) male. (by-nc-nd)


  1. As usual, your animal photography is just wonderful, but there's something absolutely endearing about that first picture. Almost as if the little bird's enjoyment of the moment was meant to be shared.

    1. Thanks. As usual, you are so precise in catching the mood and picking out the cutest image.


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