Common redstart

They consistently display a restless demeanor and exhibit a distinctive, tail-trembling behavior

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A striking bird species known for its bold black, grey, and white plumage, with males boasting a distinctive rusty-orange or red tail that catches the eye. In contrast, females and juveniles exhibit a more subdued brownish-gray tone, allowing them to blend in seamlessly with their surroundings. These small to medium-sized birds are widely distributed across Europe, Asia, and parts of North Africa, where they inhabit a variety of habitats ranging from open woodlands and scrublands to mountainous regions.

During the breeding season, Common Redstarts are known for their preference for nesting sites in tree hollows or concealed areas, where they construct cup-shaped nests from twigs, grass, and other plant materials. They are agile fliers, capable of capturing insects both in mid-air and on the ground with impressive precision. One of the most charming aspects of these birds is their animated tail movements, which they often display while foraging or during courtship displays.

Despite their relatively small size, Common Redstarts are migratory birds, with populations from northern and central Europe embarking on extensive journeys to southern Europe and Africa for the winter months. This seasonal migration is driven by the need to escape harsh winter conditions and seek out more favorable habitats with abundant food resources.

In addition to their role as insectivores, Common Redstarts also play a vital role in seed dispersal and ecosystem dynamics. By feeding on insects and other invertebrates, they help regulate insect populations, contributing to the overall health of their ecosystems. Furthermore, their presence in diverse habitats makes them important indicators of habitat quality and biodiversity.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Afghanistan
2016
Passage
Albania
2016
Breeding
Algeria
2016
Andorra
2016
Breeding
Armenia
2016
Breeding
Austria
2016
Breeding
Azerbaijan
2016
Breeding
Bahrain
2016
Passage
Belarus
2016
Breeding
Belgium
2016
Breeding
Benin
2016
Bosnia And Herz.
2016
Breeding
Bulgaria
2016
Breeding
Burkina Faso
2016
Cameroon
2016
Central Af. Rep.
2016
Chad
2016
Croatia
2016
Breeding
Cyprus
2016
Czechia
2016
Breeding
Côte D’ivoire
2016
DR Congo (Kinshasa)
2016
Denmark
2016
Djibouti
2016
Egypt
2016
Eritrea
2016
Estonia
2016
Breeding
Ethiopia
2016
Faroe Islands
2016
Vagrant
Finland
2016
France
2016
Gambia
2016
Georgia
2016
Breeding
Germany
2016
Ghana
2016
Gibraltar
2016
Greece
2016
Guinea-Bissau
2016
Hungary
2016
Breeding
Iceland
2016
Vagrant
Iran
2016
Iraq
2016
Passage
Ireland
2016
Breeding
Israel
2016
Italy
2016
Jordan
2016
Passage
Kazakhstan
2016
Breeding
Kenya
2016
Kuwait
2016
Kyrgyzstan
2016
Passage
Latvia
2016
Breeding
Lebanon
2016
Liberia
2016
Libya
2016
Liechtenstein
2016
Breeding
Lithuania
2016
Breeding
Luxembourg
2016
Breeding
Mali
2016
Malta
2016
Mauritania
2016
Moldova
2016
Breeding
Mongolia
2016
Breeding
Montenegro
2016
Breeding
Morocco
2016
Netherlands
2016
Breeding
Niger
2016
Nigeria
2016
North Macedonia
2016
Breeding
Norway
2016
Breeding
Oman
2016
Passage
Pakistan
2016
Poland
2016
Breeding
Portugal
2016
Breeding
Qatar
2016
Passage
Romania
2016
Breeding
Russia
2016
Rwanda
2016
Vagrant
Saudi Arabia
2016
Passage
Senegal
2016
Serbia
2016
Breeding
Seychelles
2016
Vagrant
Sierra Leone
2016
Slovakia
2016
Breeding
Slovenia
2016
Breeding
Somalia
2016
South Sudan
2016
Non-Breeding
Spain
2016
Spain
2016
Passage: Canary Is.
Sudan
2016
Sweden
2016
Breeding
Switzerland
2016
Breeding
Syria
2016
Tajikistan
2016
Breeding
Tanzania
2016
Vagrant
Togo
2016
Tunisia
2016
Turkmenistan
2016
Breeding
Turkey
2016
Breeding
UAE
2016
Passage
Uganda
2016
Ukraine
2016
United Kingdom
2016
Breeding
Yemen
2016
Zimbabwe
2016
Vagrant

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size)/ Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd / Flock

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No