Black Redstart

Phoenicurus ochruros

The Black Redstart ''Phoenicurus ochruros'' is a small passerine bird in the redstart genus ''Phoenicurus''. Like its relatives, it was formerly classed as a member of the Thrush family, but is now known to be an Old World flycatcher.
Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros) Early last month I described my excitement at discovering a female Black Redstart on the coastal shore of my home city. 

Although common on the continent, these birds are incredibly rare in the UKk, so imagine my delight today when I found this male in the same spot. 

Despite assuming my previous find was probably a late migrant, it's a spot at which I've stopped on each occasion I've passed on my bike, since then...............just in case.

Today it paid off.

So please forgive the repeat posting on the same species.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rCFeyeaSNkY               Black Redstart,Geotagged,Phoenicurus ochruros,United Kingdom,Winter

Appearance

The Black Redstart is 13–14.5 cm in length and 12–20 g in weight, similar to the Common Redstart. The adult male is overall dark grey to black on the upperparts and with a black breast; the lower rump and tail are orange-red, with the two central tail feathers dark red-brown. The belly and undertail are either blackish-grey or orange-red ; the wings are blackish-grey with pale fringes on the secondaries forming a whitish panel or all blackish . The female is grey to grey-brown overall except for the orange-red lower rump and tail, greyer than the Common Redstart; at any age the grey axillaries and underwing coverts are also distinctive . One-year old males are similar to females but blacker; the whitish wing panel of the western subspecies does not develop until the second year.
Black Redstart - Phoenicurus ochruros gibraltariensis Black Redstart-Phoenicurus ochruros gibraltariensis  Black Redstart,France,Geotagged,Phoenicurus ochruros,Spring

Distribution

It is a widespread breeder in south and central Europe and Asia and northwest Africa, from Great Britain and Ireland south to Morocco, east to central China. It is resident in the milder parts of its range, but northeastern birds migrate to winter in southern and western Europe and Asia, and north Africa. It nests in crevices or holes in buildings.

In Britain it is most common in as a passage and winter visitor, with only 20–50 pairs breeding. On passage it is fairly common on the east and south coasts, and in winter on the coasts of Wales and western and southern England, with a few also at inland sites. Migrant Black Redstarts arrive in Britain in October or November and either move on or remain to winter, returning eastward in March or April. They also winter on the south and east coasts of Ireland.

The species originally inhabited stony ground in mountains, particularly cliffs, but since about 1900 has expanded to include similar urban habitats including bombed areas during and after World War II, and large industrial complexes that have the bare areas and cliff-like buildings it favours; in Great Britain, most of the small breeding population nests in such industrial areas. It will catch passing insects in flight, and migrants often hunt in coastal tide-wrack for flies or tiny crustaceans. Its quick ducks of head and body are robin-like, and its tail is often flicked. The male has a rattling song and a ''tick'' call.

Eastern race birds are very rare vagrants in western Europe.
juvenile  Black Redstart - Phoenicurus ochruros juvenile  Black Redstart - Phoenicurus ochruros Black Redstart,France,Geotagged,Phoenicurus ochruros,Summer

Habitat

It is a widespread breeder in south and central Europe and Asia and northwest Africa, from Great Britain and Ireland south to Morocco, east to central China. It is resident in the milder parts of its range, but northeastern birds migrate to winter in southern and western Europe and Asia, and north Africa. It nests in crevices or holes in buildings.

In Britain it is most common in as a passage and winter visitor, with only 20–50 pairs breeding. On passage it is fairly common on the east and south coasts, and in winter on the coasts of Wales and western and southern England, with a few also at inland sites. Migrant Black Redstarts arrive in Britain in October or November and either move on or remain to winter, returning eastward in March or April. They also winter on the south and east coasts of Ireland.

The species originally inhabited stony ground in mountains, particularly cliffs, but since about 1900 has expanded to include similar urban habitats including bombed areas during and after World War II, and large industrial complexes that have the bare areas and cliff-like buildings it favours; in Great Britain, most of the small breeding population nests in such industrial areas. It will catch passing insects in flight, and migrants often hunt in coastal tide-wrack for flies or tiny crustaceans. Its quick ducks of head and body are robin-like, and its tail is often flicked. The male has a rattling song and a ''tick'' call.

Eastern race birds are very rare vagrants in western Europe.

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Status: Least concern
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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionChordata
ClassAves
OrderPasseriformes
FamilyMuscicapidae
GenusPhoenicurus
SpeciesP. ochruros