Key information: The Black Redstart is robin-sized bird that comes to Cyprus during migration and during the winter. It is mostly associated with rocky habitats, although it can be found in cities and villages, perching upright on buildings or monuments and constantly quivering its rusty-red tail. It also likes archaeological sites.
Length: 13 – 14,5 cm
Habitat: Scrub and bushes, farmland, towns and villages
When they can be seen: Autumn, winter, spring
What they eat: Invertebrates, berries, seeds
In Cyprus: Can be seen on rocky habitats as well as in villages and cities
Status: Migrant breeder, passage migrant
Illustration by Paschalis Dougalis