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Painted Redstart


IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

A warbler of surpassing beauty, the Painted Redstart is a specialty of the borderlands of the American Southwest. The only member of its genus that regularly occurs in the United States, it is unique among American warblers for its vocalizations and its conspicuous foraging methods.


Typical Voice

Adult Description

  • Small songbird.
  • Black above.
  • Large white patches on wings.
  • Red lower breast and belly.
  • White outer tail feathers.

Immature Description

Similar to adult, but belly entirely black, not red.

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Similar Species

  • Red-faced Warbler has black only on face, bordered by red.
  • Slate-throated Redstart, a very rare Mexican stray in the United States, has a similar pattern of dark upperparts and red underparts, but lacks the white wing patch.



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