Painted Redstart

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Common Name: Painted Redstart
Scientific Name: Myioborus pictus

Size: 5-6 inches (13-15cm)

Habitat: North America. East Arizona, West New Mexico, Southwest Texas, Mexico and the Yucatan Peninsula. Found in wooded areas.

Status: Least Threatened. Global Population: 2,000,000 mature individuals.

Diet: Mostly insects; also some tree sap, sugar water, peanut butter, and suet. Gleans insects 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.

Breeding: Nests are a cup of coarse grasses and pine needles, located on the ground, on slopes, or rock walls. 3 to 7 white eggs with brown speckles, especially at the larger end are laid.

Cool Facts: Despite its common name, the Painted Redstart is not particularly closely related to the American Redstart. Members of its genus, common in the Neotropics, are sometimes known as "whitestarts" to distinguish them. The name "redstart" was taken from a European thrush that has a bold reddish tail pattern.

Like other "redstarts" in its genus, the Painted Redstart flashes its white wing patches and outer tail feathers when foraging. These actions appear to flush insects that the redstart then pursues and captures.

Found in Songbird ReMix Cool and Unusual Birds 2

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