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a. A small warbler (Setophaga ruticilla) of the Americas, the male of which has black plumage with orange patches on the wings and tail.
b. Any of several warblers of the genus Myioborus of South and Central America and southwest North America, resembling Setophaga ruticilla but having white rather than orange on the tail. Also called whitestart.
2. Any of several small flycatchers of Eurasia and Africa, especially Phoenicurus phoenicurus, having grayish plumage and a rust-red breast and tail.

[red + obsolete start, tail (from Middle English stert, from Old English steort; see ster- in Indo-European roots).]


1. (Animals) any European songbird of the genus Phoenicurus, esp P. phoenicurus, in which the male has a black throat, orange-brown tail and breast, and grey back: family Muscicapidae (thrushes, etc)
2. (Animals) any North American warbler of the genus Setophaga, esp S. ruticilla
[Old English rēad red + steort tail; compare German Rotsterz]



1. any of several New World wood warblers that habitually fan their tails, esp. Setophaga ruticilla, the male of which is mostly black with orange wing and tail patches.
2. any of several small Eurasian thrushes of the genus Phoenicurus, having reddish brown tails, esp. P. phoenicurus.
[1560–70; red + obsolete start tail]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.redstart - flycatching warbler of eastern North America the male having bright orange on sides and wings and tailredstart - flycatching warbler of eastern North America the male having bright orange on sides and wings and tail
flycatching warbler - any of numerous American wood warblers that feed on insects caught on the wing
2.redstart - European songbird with a reddish breast and tail; related to Old World robins
thrush - songbirds characteristically having brownish upper plumage with a spotted breast
genus Phoenicurus, Phoenicurus - Old World thrushes


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A Firecrest was at RSPB Conwy, Black Redstarts at RSPB South Stack and Bardsey, where a Glaucous Gull was only the 30th record for the island.
Wintering black redstarts were on the Little Orme, Conwy, and at Burton Marsh, Wirral.
Two Black Redstarts were on Bardsey, and another on the cliffs at South Stack, where seabirds have returned in good numbers.
More black redstarts this week, new birds at Beaumaris, Llandyrnog, Point Lynas and Porthmadog, where a black guillemot is near the yacht club.
Black Redstarts are another sign of winter, and this week saw two on sea defences in front of Rhos-on-Sea golf club, and singles in Caernarfon's Shirehall Street and on Bardsey.
More black redstarts have been found, including Llanddwyn Island and the council building in Caernarfon, three behind the demolished Penmorfa Hotel on Llandudno's West Shore, and two on the Little Orme.
A Yellow-legged Gull and Knot were at RSPB Conwy, and a Spotted Flycatcher and Redstarts on the Great Orme.
Four Richard's pipits were the highlight, and at least four black redstarts were there, plus three on Anglesey and another on Great Orme copper mine.
Pensychnant reported its first Cuckoo back on territory, with Pied Flycatchers and Redstarts too, while a Garganey at RSPB Valley Wetlands is the first of the year.
Other winter arrivals include black redstarts, Lapland bunting, snow bunting, bramblings and crossbills, while a hoopoe was at Holyhead's Soldiers' Point.
In recent days, the first Cuckoo and Lesser Whitethroats have arrived at RSPB Conwy, Bardsey has recorded big arrivals of Blackcaps and Willow Warblers, and the first Redstarts and Pied Flycatchers are in the Conwy Valley.
Meanwhile, songbirds are starting to move, with redstarts along the coast last week, including half a dozen and a wood warbler at RSPB Conw y.