(Phoenicurus phoenicurus)

Alert Status: Amber – 12% decline
Identifying Features: Easily identifiable by their bright orange-red tails, which they often quiver. Breeding males have slate grey upper parts, black faces and wings and an orange rump and chest. Females and young are duller.
Average Length: 13-14.5 cm
Average Lifespan: 2 years
Average Wingspan: 21-24 cm
Beak type: Insects

Natural: Insects and their larvae, berries in autumn
Nesting: The Redstart will breed almost anywhere: woodland, parks, orchards, heath, gardens, stone walls and quarries.  The nest is usually in a hole, either in a tree, wall or rocks, and is cup-shaped and made from dead grass, moss, wool, hair and feathers. The female builds the nest. Redstarts will nest in open-fronted nest boxes.


Where to See: Woodland areas

Common Redstart song by Fraser Simpson,
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