Monday, January 25, 2016

Warblers of Southern Arizona: Painted Redstart

Continuing my series on Warblers of Southern Arizona, in alphabetical order, next up:

Painted Redstart

Distinctive Identification Marks: Bright red breast; black upper parts with bold white wing patch; white under eye arc; long tail often fanning; 

Frequency: Common

Season: April through September

Range: Arizona and New Mexico

Lower Tree and Brush
Trunk and limbs
Pine-oak woodland and riparian areas in middle to upper elevation levels

Nests on the ground with a coarse cup of grasses and pine needles; may be on slopes under exposed roots

Feeding Behavior:
Gleaning: perched bird takes prey from leaves,branches, and tree trunks
Hawking: perched bird takes prey from air
Pouncing: perched bird takes prey from ground
Uses tail fanning to flush insects out in the open 
Diet is mostly insects but will take sap from tree

General Behavior:
Very active; constant movement

Where to Find: Chiricahua, Huachuca, Santa Rita, and Catalina Mountains

Chance of Finding: 80% chance of finding in preferred season and habitat where frequently sighted.

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