Scientific name: Phoenicurus phoenicurus
Nature Stars: 60
About: An elegant, robin-sized chat. Redstarts have an upright stance, with long black legs and a relatively long red tail. Redstarts are summer visitors, arriving here in April and leaving in September. Males are grey above, with a red breast, black throat and
How to identify: The similar Black Redstart is a very rare nesting bird in city centres and industrial areas, although more common on migration when it can turn up in similar places to Redstart. The male Black Redstart has a sooty grey chest and belly with a big white pat
Where: Widespread, although rare or absent from eastern and central England. Can turn up anywhere during migration.
Fantastic fact: Redstarts are named after their red tail, which they frequently 'shiver'.
Photograph credit: Mark Kilner