Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus)
Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus). Male. Taken in the New Forest, Hants, on June 2nd 2016.
Male. Taken in the New Forest, Hants, on June 2nd 2016.
(1/200th sec at f11. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)


L: 13 - 14.5 cm

Redstarts are immediately identifiable by their bright orange-red tails. Breeding males look smart, with slate grey upper parts, black faces and wings, and an orange rump and chest.

Ther are mainly found in the north and west of the UK, with the greatest concentrations in Wales.

They particularly like oak woodland, but can also be found in hedgerows, alongside streams and in parkland.

Redstarts are migrants to the British Isles. They spend the winter in Africa.

On the Amber list as it has an unfavourable conservation status in Europe. There are about 100000 pairs in the UK.


24-May-2019 : Inverlaidnan, Highland (1)
05-May-2019 : Elan Valley, Powys (2)
04-May-2019 : Gilfach Farm, Powys (1)
03-May-2019 : Elan Valley, Powys (3)

05-May-2018 : Gilfach Farm, Powys (4)
04-May-2018 : Elan Valley, Powys (4)
03-May-2018 : Gwenffrwd-Dinas, Ceredigion (3)

29-Aug-2017 : Lollingdon Hill, Oxon (2f)
24-Aug-2017 : Pewsey Downs NNR, Wilts (2)
23-Aug-2017 : Lollingdon Hill, Oxon (3)

21-Aug-2016 : Pewsey Downs NNR, Wilts (1)
14-Aug-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (1m)
02-Jun-2016 : Hawkhill Inclosure, Hants (1m)

16-Jun-2015 : Watersmeet, Devon (1)