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Moussier's Redstart

From Opus

Adult malePhoto by MSA Oued Massa, Morocco, February 2011
Adult male
Photo by MSA
Oued Massa, Morocco, February 2011
Phoenicurus moussieri


[edit] Identification


  • Black head
  • Broad white headband which goes down to the side of the neck
  • Black upperparts
  • White wing patch
  • Short reddish tail
  • Underparts rich orangy-red.
  • Winter and first-summer males browner above where adult summer males are black
FemalePhoto by CryptoghostOued Massa, Morocco, April 2014
Photo by Cryptoghost
Oued Massa, Morocco, April 2014

Female - light brown above, brownish orange underparts.

[edit] Similar species

The male is unmistakable, but females are very easily confused with female Common Redstarts, differing only in their marginally smaller size, shorter tail, and slightly more intense orange colour on the flanks.

[edit] Distribution

Atlas Mountains of northwest Africa in Morocco, northern Algeria, and Tunisia.
Rare vagrant to Europe. Malta (10 records), Italy (records on Linosa and other islands south of Sicily), Spain, Portugal (1 record) and Wales (1 record 1988) are the five European countries which have recorded this bird.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

[edit] Habitat

Open woodland in rocky areas, mainly in the mountains but locally down to near sea level.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Breeding

Its nest is built in a bush or on the ground and the clutch is typically 3-6 eggs.

[edit] Diet

Diet includes insects.

[edit] Vocalisation

Song is a mixture of rasping sounds and svee-svee notes
Call is a plaintive single note, heeh.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from
  2. Wikipedia
  3. Collins Field Guide 5th Edition

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