A flash of white in the wings and outer tail feathers combined with a brilliant red belly and black feathers over all, make this energetic tropical warbler hard to miss. It breeds in tropical mountains and canyons with pines and oak forests from southern New Mexico and Arizona to Nicaragua. Note that there are other Redstart type tropical warblers that have no red in their starts either and some taxonomies have called them “Whitestarts”. Start behavior, when the warbler suddenly moves with it’s wing patches and white outer tail feathers showing, enables the Restart to flush invertebrate prey as it forages through the mid canopy to forest floor.
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