One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A Eurasian and North African songbird related to the chats, having a reddish tail and underparts.
Phoenicurus and other genera, family Turdidae: several species
- ‘By birds I don't mean panhandling pigeons, but self-supporting warblers, wheatears, grosbeaks, ducks, thrushes, egrets, pheasants, finches, redstarts, hawks, swallows, wagtails, owls, the list goes on.’
- ‘Such cavities may later be occupied by great, blue or marsh tits or by redstarts.’
- ‘While it is quite possible that we may lose our breeding redstarts altogether during the next few decades if the present process continues, there is also the possibility that they may return and recapture their lost ground.’
- ‘There was also lots of other great wildlife to see in the area around Malham Cove including nesting little owls, green woodpeckers and redstarts.’
- ‘I knew each corner of the garden, he wrote, and looked year by year for the white primroses in one place, the redstart's nest in another, the blossom of the acacia emerging from a tangle of ivy.’
2An American warbler, the male of which is black with either a red belly or orange markings.
Genera Setophaga and Myioborus, family Parulidae: several species
- ‘On rare occasions, birds such as American redstarts, hooded warblers, and black-throated blue warblers engage in polygyny.’
- ‘Foraging data were collected from 32 different individual redstarts.’
- ‘A typical farming village in this region attracts tree sparrows, black redstarts, gray partridge, skylarks, and hen harriers.’
- ‘Over the three year study period, mangrove sites contained an average 60% male and 40% female redstarts, whereas scrub had an average of 24% male and 76% female redstarts.’
- ‘Sherry and Holmes, working in Jamaica, demonstrated that redstarts in drier habitats had, on average, lighter body mass in spring relative to fall compared to redstarts in wetter habitats.’
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