Birds A-Z

Black Redstart

Phoenicurus ochruros


Niels Krabbe, Xeno-canto


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

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