Identification of Common Redstart

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Identification of Common Redstart

Identification of Common Redstart

The common redstart shows some affinity to the European robin in many of its habits and actions. It has the same general carriage, and chat-like behaviour, and is the same length at 13–14.5 cm long but slightly slimmer and not quite as heavy, weighing 11–23 g. The orange-red tail, from which it and other redstarts get their names ("start" is an old word for "tail"), is frequently quivered. Among common European birds, only the black redstart (Phoenicurus ochrurus) has a similarly coloured tail.

Male

Male

The male in summer has a slate-grey head and upperparts, except the rump and tail, which, like the flanks, underwing coverts and axillaries are orange-chestnut. The forehead is white; the sides of the face and throat are black. The wings and the two central tail feathers are brown, the other tail feathers bright orange-red. The orange on the flanks shades to almost white on the belly. The bill and legs are black. In autumn, pale feather fringes on the body feathering obscures the colours of the male, giving it a washed-out appearance. The female is browner, with paler underparts; it lacks the black and slate, and the throat is whitish.

Classic books. The Redstart J Buxton (New Naturalist)

Classic books. The Redstart J Buxton (New Naturalist)

John Buxton."In this New Naturalist Monograph John Buxton,who is a fellow of New College,Oxford,Tutor in English literature,and a poet,has produced a model of careful observation and a distinguished contribution to our knowledge of a single species of bird.For five years during the second world-war he was a prisoner in German hands.Like many other officers he examined with meticulous exactitude the life of the animals around him,and he chose as his subject this beautiful small bird,the Redstart,which likes the surroundings of human habitation on the Continent (though in this country (UK) it is a secret inhabitant of the wood-edge)..........."
Hardback;1950 1ST edition.'A Classic'

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