Black Redstart - Phoenicurus ochruros


    The Black Redstart is a small robin-sized bird. Its name comes from the plumage of the male, which is grey-black in colour with a red tail.

    Identification difficulty

    May be seen in a variety of habitats.

    When to see it

    Breeding birds and spring passage migrants arrive between March and May. Autumn passage lasts from September to November, peaking in October. Wintering birds are present between late autumn and early spring.

    Life History

    The few British breeding birds occur mainly in urban areas.

    UK Status

    With fewer than 100 breeding pairs in the UK, the Black Redstart is on the amber list of Birds of Conservation Concern.

    VC55 Status

    Only seen as a bird of passage in Leicestershire & Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map