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Painted Redstart Myioborus pictus


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Painted Redstart
credit: Dominic Sherony/CCSA

© Lang Elliot/ (audio)

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Family: Parulidae, Wood Warblers view all from this family

Description ADULT MALE Has mostly black plumage, except for white on wings and tail (detailed above) and bright red belly. Note also the white lower "eyelid." ADULT FEMALE Similar to male, but underparts may be more orange. IMMATURE Similar to adult female at first but underparts are smoky gray; adult plumage is acquired in fall.

Dimensions Length: 5" (13 cm)

Habitat Very locally common summer visitor (mainly Mar-Sep) to oak and pine woodland in canyons and mountain foothills; restricted in U.S. to Arizona and New Mexico, but range extends south into Mexico where the species is also resident. Winters in Central America.

Observation Tips Usually easy to find in suitable canyon habitats in southern Arizona.

Range Texas, California, Rocky Mountains, Southwest

Voice Song is a rapid weeper weeper weeper wee-pee-pee; call is a thin, whistled schreeu.

Discussion Stunning southwestern specialty. Male is particularly striking, but all plumages are recognized by combination of broad, white wing patches and white outer feathers on the relatively long tail; features are obvious when perched bird fans tail and flicks its wings. Sexes are dissimilar.