• Welcome to BirdForum, the internet's largest birding community with thousands of members from all over the world. The forums are dedicated to wild birds, birding, binoculars and equipment and all that goes with it.

    Please register for an account to take part in the discussions in the forum, post your pictures in the gallery and more.
Feel the intensity, not your equipment. Maximum image quality. Minimum weight. The new ZEISS SFL, up to 30% less weight than comparable competitors.

Slate-throated Redstart - BirdForum Opus

Subspecies M. m. comptus.
Photo by jonlowes
Reserva Biologica Bosque Nuboso Monteverde, Costa Rica, 11th March 2007
Myioborus miniatus


Slate-gray upperparts, black face and throat. The breast and belly are red in M.m minatus or yellow-orange in M.m. comptus. Has chestnut-brown crown. The tail is slate-gray with white edges and the wings are black. Thin, pointed bill.

Similar species

In Mexico/the US, commonly confused with Painted Redstart which has a white arc under the eye and large white wing patches.


Northern Mexico south to Central America and South America to Bolivia and Brazil.


Subspecies M. m. miniatus
Photo by Raul Padilla
Pachuca, Mexico, 25th June 2011

Twelve subspecies are recognized:

  • M. m. miniatus
  • M. m. molochinus
  • M. m. intermedius
  • M. m. hellmayri
  • M. m. connectens
  • M. m. comptus
  • M. m. aurantiacus
  • M. m. ballux
  • M. m. sanctaemartae
  • M. m. pallidiventris
  • M. m. subsimilis
  • M. m. verticalis


Wooded pine-oak canyons, other forests, woodlands and clearings.


The diet includes insects caught on the wing.

Breeding: nests in embankments covered by foliage


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/

Recommended Citation

External Links