Black Redstart Phoenicurus ochruros
Male Black Redstart, Delphi, Greece, November 2002 - click for larger image Greece, France and Morocco

The Black Redstart breeds in most of Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia and into China and winters from north and east Africa through the Arabian Peninsula and into the Indian subcontinent. See the distribution map at Birdlife International.

Black Redstart, France, April 2000 - click for larger image There are several subspecies of Black Redstart with fairly marked plumage variations in the males mainly involving the presence or absence of a white wing panel and of varying amounts of rufous on the belly. These birds are of the sub-species P. o. gibraltariensis which has a white wing-patch and no rufous on the belly.

The overall mousy-grey of the second and third photos combined with the lack of a paler crown shows that this is a female.

Black Redstart, France, April 2000 - click for larger image The Black Redstart is much more a bird of rocks and mountains than the Common Redstart and adapts easily to buildings in towns. The female bird was found in the garage of a very large and elegant dwelling in France.
Black Redstart, Oukaimeden, Morocco, April 2014 - click for larger image
Black Redstart, Oukaimeden, Morocco, April 2014 - click for larger image
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