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Painted Redstart Life History


Habitat ForestsRiparian and arid woodlands, especially in mountains.Back to top


Food InsectsMostly insects; also some tree sap, as well as sugar water, peanut butter, and suet from feeders in winter.Back to top


Nest Placement

Nest Ground

Nest Description

A cup of coarse grasses and pine needles, located on the ground, on slopes, or rock walls.

Nesting Facts

Clutch Size:3-7 eggs
Egg Description:White with brown speckles, especially at the larger end.
Condition at Hatching:Helpless with sparse black down.
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Behavior Foliage GleanerGleans from leaves, trunks, and branches. Also hawks insects in the air. Actively fans its tail and wings to elicit movement by prey. Also turns body back and forth to flush insects.Back to top


Conservation Low ConcernThere is little information on Painted Redstart population trends. Partners in Flight estimates a global breeding population of 2 million with 22% spending part of the year in the U.S., and 87% in Mexico. The species rates a 13 out of 20 on the Continental Concern Score and is not on the 2014 State of the Birds Watch List.Back to top


Barber, David R., Patricia M. Barber and Piotr G. Jablonski. (2000). Painted Redstart (Myioborus pictus), version 2.0. In The Birds of North America (P. G. Rodewald, editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York, USA.

Lutmerding, J. A. and A. S. Love. (2020). Longevity records of North American birds. Version 2020. Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Bird Banding Laboratory 2020.

North American Bird Conservation Initiative. (2014). The State of the Birds 2014 Report. US Department of Interior, Washington, DC, USA.

Partners in Flight (2017). Avian Conservation Assessment Database. 2017.

Sibley, D. A. (2014). The Sibley Guide to Birds, second edition. Alfred A. Knopf, New York, NY, USA.

Stephenson, T. and S. Whittle (2013). The Warbler Guide. Princeton University Press, New Jersey, USA.

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