Sunday, 17 April 2011

Common Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus)

Latin Etymology: Phoenicurus ("crimson tailed") phoenicurus ("crimson tailed")
Top: Adult male Common Redstart (subspecies P. p. phoenicurus) at Thursley Common, Surrey - 2012
Bottom: Adult female Common Redstart (subspecies P. p. phoenicurus) at Alexandra Palace, London - September 2015

Featured Subspecies: Phoenicurus phoenicurus phoenicurus
Weight: 11-23g  /  Length: 13-14.5cm  /  Wingspan: 23-26cm
UK AMBER LIST / IUCN Red List: Least Concern

Generally known just as the "Redstart" in the UK (the Black Redstart being only a modern coloniser after all) this is a species with a generally westerly bias to it's range in the UK, associating more with birch and oak woodland that most British woodland birds.  However, there are exceptions and there are also sites in the South East in which it can be found such as Thursley common.  It has a lot of overlap with the Robin in it's diet and behaviour, but unlike that species is a Summer migrant, and thus can also be found on passage, sometimes in small numbers together - such as the three females I saw together in the grounds of Alexandra Palace in September 2015.

Related Species:
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Muscicapidae
Genus: Phoenicurus
Subspecies: P. p. phoenicurus, P. p. samamisicus

- Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM - A local but fairly numerous Summer breeding migrant (100,000 pairs)
 - Birds seen on breeding territories at Derwent Water and Thursley Commomand the park surrounding Alexandra Palace on passage

Further Notes: BirdForum Opus, IUCN Red ListRSPBWikipedia, Xeno-canto

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