|Black Redstart Phoenicurus ochruros|
|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.
|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.
|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.|
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