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Bird Sightings : Hebrides : Black Redstart

 

 

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Black Redstart

Phoenicurus ochruros

 

  • Black Redstart
  • Phoenicurus ochruros
  • UK: Migrant / UK Resident Breeder, Passage / Winter Visitor
  • UK: AMBER LIST. 26 - 74 pairs. (summer) BTO
  • WI: Scarce passage visitor (very small numbers each year)
  • Breeds: South & Central Europe - UK (not WI), Central Asia, North-West Africa, (nests in crevices & holes in buildings)
  • Winters: (birds in warmer areas are resident) Northern birds go South to North Africa & South Asia
  • Habitat: Cliffs, (Has adapted to urban areas) buildings, derelict areas, stony ground (migration - coast)
  • Diet: Insects, spiders, worms, fruit, berries & seeds
  • Flycatcher. Like greyish or black robin with orange-red tail (adult male vibrates it). Adult male grey-black. White wing patch. Female or 1st summer males mousey grey-brown
  • Listen to a Black Redstart (RSPB site)
  • Similar birds: Common Redstart (which has buff -orange breast)

 

Black Redstart records in the Western Isles

Scarce passage visitor (very small numbers each year)
Source: Outer Hebrides Bird Report (2001)

Mostly occurs May - October


The chart below shows how abundant the Black Redstart is during a month or when you are more likely to see it.

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(Source: Outer Hebrides Birds Checklist)

 

 

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