Redstart – Phoenicurus phoenicurus

Redstarts are mostly found in the north and west of the UK, with the highest numbers found in Wales. Spotted between April and September, they are a widespread summer visitor.

Identification

Male: The male has a dove-grey crown and back, brown wings and a black face with white eyebrows. Its underparts are orange-red, as is its tail.
Female: The female also has an orange-red tail, but is buff-brown on its back, with darker brown wings and a buff-coloured belly.
Juvenile: Similar to the female in colouring, but speckled.
Size: 13.5-14.5cm.
Bill: Black, short and pointed.
Legs: Black, short and pointed.
Habitat: Woodlands, heaths, parks, streams and coastal scrub. Spends a lot of its time at ground level.
Behaviour: Flits, perches openly, hops, takes off/lands from vegetation or ground.
Flocking: 1–100
Flight: Direct, flittering movement.
Voice: Hooeet sound, and brief warbles.

Breeding

Nest: Banks, roots and holes of trees.
Eggs: 6–7. Pale Blue.
Incubation period: 11–14 days.
Fledgeling: 14–20 days.
Broods: 2. May–June.
Food: Mainly insects, but also spiders, worms and berries.
UK breeding pairs: 90,000–330,000.

Suggested feed

Countrywide Dried Mealworms, Raisins/Sultanas

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