noun \ˈred-ˌstärt\

Definition of REDSTART

:  a small Old World songbird (Phoenicurus phoenicurus of the family Turdidae) with the male having a white brow, black throat, and chestnut breast and tail
:  an American warbler (Setophaga ruticilla of the family Parulidae) with a black and orange male

Origin of REDSTART

red + obsolete start handle, tail
First Known Use: circa 1570


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Common, or American, redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)—(Top) Stephen Dalton—Natural History Photographic Agency, (bottom) Hal H. Harrison/Grant Heilman

Any of about 11 species of Old World chat-thrushes (see chat) in the genus Phoenicurus (family Muscicapidae) or about 12 New World species of wood warblers (family Parulidae) of similar appearance and behaviour. Old World redstarts have a red tail, which they constantly flit or shiver. They are about 6 in. (14 cm) long. The male common redstart (P. phoenicurus) is gray, with a black face and throat and a reddish breast. New World redstarts (genera Setophaga and Myioborus) are usually strikingly marked with black, white, and red.


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