Black Redstart

Black Redstart

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Formerly thought to be a member of the thrush family, the black redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros) is now commonly considered to belong to the Muscicapidae, or old world flycatchers. It is a small, attractive passerine, which is generally dark grey to blackish on the crown and upperparts, shading darker on the wings. The black redstart typically has a slaty-black face and underparts, and the central tail feathers, legs and bill are also black. In contrast to its otherwise dark plumage, the black redstart’s lower belly, rump and outer tail feathers are striking orange-red, which is particularly conspicuous in flight, or when the tail is fanned. The black redstart sometimes has a bold white patch on the wing.[http://www.arkive.org]

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