Redstarts are immediately identifiable by their bright orange-red tails, which they often quiver. Breeding males look smart, with slate grey upper parts, black faces and wings and an orange rump and chest. Females and young are duller. Redstarts 'bob' in a very robin-like manner, but spend little time at ground level. It is included on the Amber List of species with unfavourable conservation status in Europe where it is declining.
What they eat:
Mainly insects; also spiders, worms and berries.
- UK breeding:
- 100,000 pairs
This bird species has different identifying features depending on sex/age/season.