Birds of Morni: Black Redstart

Black Redstart is a small (5” to 6” in length) colourful bird with dark upper parts and an orange-red belly, rump and tail. It’s a flycatcher that catches insects in mid-air. It flicks its tail and bobs its head much like the Robin. The bird originally nested in cliff-walls but has now adapted to nesting in buildings. It is generally spotted close to open water bodies that offer easy availability of insects for feeding.

Black Redstart, Valley of Tikkar, Morni hills (Photo courtesy KS Bains)
Black Redstart, Valley of Tikkar, Morni hills (Photo courtesy KS Bains)