Black-Redstart

Black-Redstart

Redstarts grow to 12 – 14 cm long and are semi-migratory birds; some stay all year round, others are just summer visitors and leave in late autumn. They prefer a rocky habitat but can be found in towns and urban areas, industrial buildings that offer a high outlook and towns where high ledges can be used for nesting.
They feed on larvae and invertebrates (spiders, snails, etc.) and in the autumn and through winter they will feed on seeds and berries. They catch insects in flight and have the ability to hover. These are very agile birds. They find their food mainly on the ground in short grass and scrub-land where they search for earthworms and larvae. The female builds the nest and lines it with feathers, leaves and moss. It’s a loosely made nest. They like to be near a water source, stream, river or canal. The female will lay 4 – 6 eggs in spring (April / May). The male is very aggressive towards other males and defends his mate, but will mate with other females if the opportunity arises. The chicks will fledge in 2 – 3 weeks but can take a few days to master the art of flying. The male and female continue to feed the chicks after fledging.

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