Painted Redstart

Myioborus pictus

photo © by Robert Shantz

Photographed by Robert Shantz north of Morenci, Arizona, 31 March 2004.

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In the middle to upper elevations of Arizona's sycamore woodlands this sprite and active warbler shows its plumage like a butterfly. As it forages for insects on the trunks, branches and ground beneath trees it often fans its tail and spreads its wings seeming just to show off. As a warbler, it has a fine beak for capturing mostly soft-bodied prey. Males and females look similar. During the winter months they are scarcer, but not absent completely. From 1200 m up to 2000+ m elevation, especially in southeastern Arizona, it is a common and conspicuous bird during the spring and summer months.

Parulidae -- Warbler Family

More Information:

Arizona Naturalist
Sycamore Canyons
The Fauna of Arizona's Sycamore Canyons


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