A Mesmerizing Display: Eye-Catching Colors and a Bird Famous for Flashing Its Tail!

An unmistakable warbler species, thriving in canyon and mountainous habitats adorned with majestic oaks and pines

Meet the Painted redstart:

“850 – PAINTED REDSTART (9-4-11) upper humbolt cyn, scc, az – (1)” by Sloalan is marked with CC0 1.0.

Description: As the largest Myioborus ѕрeсіeѕ, the painted redstart (Myioborus pictus) measures between 5.1 to 5.9 inches (13–15 cm) in length, with a wingspan of 8.3 inches (21 cm) and weighing 0.3–0.4 oz (8.5–11.3 g). Both sexes exhibit identical plumage, characterized by glossy black feathers, a vivid red lower breast and Ьeɩɩу, prominent white wing patches, and white markings below the eyes.

“Painted Redstart | Hunter Canyon | Huachuca Mtns | Sierra Vista | AZ | 2015-09-03at11-59-394” (cropped) by Bettina Arrigoni is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Both male and female birds exhibit similar appearances, with females possessing a ᴜпіqᴜe ability to sing as proficiently as males.

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Juvenile painted redstarts ɩасk the red Ьeɩɩу and glossy plumage of adults, displaying brownish-gray hues with paler underparts.

“Painted Redstart” by cameracl눱 is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Location: The painted redstart, also known as the painted whitestart (Myioborus pictus), is a New World warbler ѕрeсіeѕ inhabiting mountainous regions across inland Central America. They rank among the largest warblers, measuring up to 6 inches (150 mm) in length, including their tails.

“Painted Redstart | NM 15 | Gila National Forest | NM | 2015-06-19at10-00-354” by Bettina Arrigoni is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Habitat: The Painted Redstart occupies semi-humid oak and pine-oak woodlands with dense undergrowth and access to water during both its breeding and wintering seasons. In Central America, it can also be found in arid to semi-humid woodlands. During the winter, some Painted Redstarts migrate to lower altitudes.

“painted redstart Cave Creek Canyon 4.13.22 DSC_2793” (cropped) by lwolfartist is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Diet: The Painted Redstart employs various feeding techniques, including gleaning from leaves and branches, hover gleaning, and catching insects on the wing through hawking.

“Painted Redstart” (cropped) by Wildreturn is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Breeding: Nesting on the ground among rocks, roots, or tufts of grass on steep slopes, painted redstarts construct large, shallow nests using bark strips, plant fibers, leaves, and grass. The female typically lays 3 or 4 speckled white to cream-colored eggs, and incubation lasts approximately 14 days. However, many nesting details remain largely unknown.

“chipe ala blanca, painted redstart, painted whitestart, paruline à ailes blanches” by Roland Godon is licensed under CC BY 4.0.

Voice: Remarkably, female painted redstarts possess singing capabilities equivalent to males, and during courtship, pairs often bond through synchronized singing.

“painted redstart – carr canyon, az” (cropped) by ryan.f.mandelbaum is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Status: This bird is regarded as of Least сoпсeгп on the IUCN Red List.

“chipe ala blanca, painted redstart, painted whitestart, paruline à ailes blanches” (cropped) by Nigel Voaden is licensed under CC BY 4.0.

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