From the front it looks like a Black redstart, but the rear view shows quite a bit of white. Confirmation please. Photo today, SW Spain
The grey breeding males are normally the cairii morph and plumage does not change in subsequent yearsYes, an adult male Gerald, young males can look identical to the females so you can get a breeding pair of female-looking birds but a year later a male would look like the one you pictured, the amount of white can vary though.
Actually I’m not sure if what I said was correct, that they do not change their plumage. But if they do change their plumage then I don’t see how they can be morphs, which is what cairii and paradoxus are always referred to as being. Off hand I can’t think of another morph that is only a morph temporarily.Thanks, I didn’t know that, none of the literature I’ve been able to find mentions that cairii retains that female-like plumage beyond 1st summer, is there a study ( presumably thanks to colour ringing?) you could point me towards Creedence?
Richard, you were of course correct when you said a male Black Redstart breeding in female type plumage will be in typical adult plumage the following year. You may have already seen the interesting link below.Good point C, the plot thickens. Hopefully one of the ringers on Birdforum will have had a retrap or control of a male still all grey but in its 3rd year 🤞
Intriguing that they can breed before reaching fully adult plumageYes, an adult male Gerald, young males can look identical to the females so you can get a breeding pair of female-looking birds but a year later a male would look like the one you pictured, the amount of white can vary though.