Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros)
Species
Male Black Redstart (Phoebicurus ochruros). Taken at the Sierra De Las Nieves, Spain, on November 2nd 2016.
Male. Taken at the Sierra De Las Nieves, Spain, on November 2nd 2016.
(1/400th sec at f13. Click image for larger version.)
Female Black Redstart (Phoebicurus ochruros). Taken at the Sierra De Las Nieves, Spain, on November 2nd 2016.
Female/immature. Taken at the Sierra De Las Nieves, Spain, on November 2nd 2016.
(1/800th sec at f13. Click image for larger version.)

© David Hastings

Description

L: 13 - 14.5cm
 
The Black Redstart is a small Robin-sized bird that has adapted to live at the heart of industrial and urban centres. Its name comes from the plumage of the male, which is grey-black in colour with a red tail. The male has a white wing patch. Females and juvenile males look similar.
 
This species is mainly a summer visitor to England, although some birds are resident here.
 
The Black Redstart breeds in upload areas, on slopes with boulders, cliffs and bushes, but has also adapted to breed in towns and cities.
 
It is on the British amber list, due to the small number of breeding birds (25 - 75 pairs).
 

Sightings

04-Nov-2016:Ronda, Spain
03-Nov-2016:Los Riscos, Spain(1)
02-Nov-2016:Sierra De Las Nieves, Spain(20+)

24-Jul-2015:Bansko, Bulgaria
21-Jul-2015:Melnik, Bulgaria

24-Jun-2014:Dospat, Bulgaria
23-Jun-2014:Trigrad Gorge, Bulgaria
19-Jun-2014:Koprivshtitsa, Bulgaria

29-Mar-2013:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon(1)