December 1, 2015 – Common Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus)

These redstarts are found across Europe and parts of Asia, wintering in parts of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. They eat adult and larval invertebrates, along with berries, fruits, and seeds. When foraging, they usually pick their prey from the ground or trees, sometimes catching flying insects in the air. Males select territories, arriving at the breeding sites a few days before females, then displaying to attract mates once the females arrive. Both parents care for the chicks in nests made from grasses, roots, moss, other plant materials, hair, and feathers.