Slate-throated Redstart (Myioborus miniatus), Huachuca Canyon, Cochise County
This Slate-throated Redstart was discovered by Melody Kehl in the morning of
24 July 2013. The bird was was photographed by Laurens
Halsey later in the afternoon of the same day.
Very rare, seven previously
accepted records and one well documented report pending
from earlier this year.
Slate-gray (versus black) upper parts lacking white eye crescents & lacking white wing patch differentiate this species from related Painted Redstart. The pattern of white on the otherwise slate-gray tail is also a useful characteristic for distinguishing this species.
This bird appears to be molting out of juvenile
plumage because of the incomplete red breast, course
appearance to some of the plumage and the grayer head
and back. This raises the interesting question of
where it fledged since birds this young rarely travel
24 July 2013, photo by Laurens HalseyAll photos are copyrighted© by photographer
Submitted on 25 July 2013