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    Common Redstart

    Phoenicurus phoenicurus

    Information

    The Common Redstart is one of our most splendid songbirds and generally easy to observe. Since the 1960s it has suffered a great loss of territory, especially in the Swiss lowlands north of the Alps. In remaining fruit-growing regions often only individual males can be encountered with their melancholy song. The Common Redstart is a long-distance migrant and passes half the year in the neighbourhood of exotic species in the Sahel.

    Voice

    Status (in CH)
    regular, common breeder and migrant
    Annual cycle
    The bar on the top line indicates during which seasons the species can be observed regularly in Switzerland. There can be great seasonal fluctuations of numbers. The middle bar indicates the typical migration seasons of a species. The bottom bar indicates the period during which the species normally breeds. As a rule it spans the period from egg-laying to fledging of the young.
    Annual cycle
    Annual cycle

    Facts

    Population size in Switzerland (Pairs)
    10'000 - 15'000 (2008-2012)
    Migration behaviour
    long-distance migrant
    Diurnal/nocturnal migrant
    Nocturnal migrant
    Length (cm)
    13-15
    wing span (cm)
    21-24
    Weight (g)
    12-20
    Nest site
    cavities in trees, buildings
    Food
    insects, spiders
    Group
    Chats and Thrushes
    Habitat
    settlements, orchards, forest
    Distribution
    Distribution
    Distribution