Distribution: Breeds in most of southern and central Europe. A rare breeder in the South of the UK with only around 30 pair nesting. Frequently visits the UK as a passage migrant in autumn and winter with an average of 400 recorded sightings per year.
Habitat: Unlike the Redstart the Black Redstart is a bird of cliffs, houses, villages and ruins as it nests in crevices and holes in walls.
Notes: The Black Redstart was once a bird only found in mountainous areas, however it has adapted to industrial buildings and houses and has become one of the more common urban birds on the continent. However in the UK it remains a rare bird, only occasionally breeding and more often appearing as a passage migrant.
Species: P. ochruros
Male and female Black Redstart
The female Black Redstart has a mousy grey appearance, she still has a distinctive red tail. She is much greyer than a female Redstart which appears browner with a paler breast and they generally occupy a different habitat.