red·​start ˈred-ˌstärt How to pronounce redstart (audio)
: 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

Examples of redstart in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web More recently, in a study published in Biology Letters, Eikenaar and his colleagues trapped common redstarts, which migrate from Europe down across the Sahara Desert in Africa every year. Joshua Rapp Learn, Discover Magazine, 17 Apr. 2023 The effects of climate change, combined with other changes such as habitat loss, also mean that some bird species, such as the redstart, are having more offspring than usual, while others, like the garden warbler, are having fewer. Sean Mowbray, Discover Magazine, 18 Aug. 2022 So these findings suggest that cuckoos targeting redstarts evolved the ability to create better forgeries because the redstart has such a good eye. Patrick Morgan, Discover Magazine, 24 Mar. 2011 Off Buzzards Bay at Gooseberry Neck, there were 59 chimney swifts, warblers including Tennessee, American redstart, Cape May, Northern parula, bay-breasted, yellow, blackpoll, palm, pine and yellow-rumped., 24 Sep. 2022 The word steort fell out of general use around 1300, surviving only in the names of birds like redstart and wagstart (better known today as the wagtail). Simon Horobin, Quartz, 10 Nov. 2019 Also among reports were a smattering of warblers: ovenbird, black-and-white, common yellowthroat, American redstart, yellow, and pine., 29 July 2019 At Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, there were two Wilson’s phalaropes, three swamp sparrows, four American redstarts, and a blackpoll warbler., 23 June 2019 Getty Images/Morgan McMullenGetty Images Hello, redstarts, and welcome to another edition of This Week in Timothée Chalamet. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, 17 May 2019 See More

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Word History


red + obsolete start handle, tail

First Known Use

1553, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of redstart was in 1553

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“Redstart.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

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red·​start ˈred-ˌstärt How to pronounce redstart (audio)
: an American warbler with a black and orange male

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