Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros)
(1/400th sec at f13. Click image for larger version.)
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© David Hastings
DescriptionL: 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).