Saturday, September 29, 2012

Today's Bird: The Slate-Throated Redstart

Today's bird is another South American bird, the Slate-Throated Redstart.  They're pretty common for their elevation and habitat (humid mountain forest below 2,600 meters) and they're super cute! If you look really closely, you can see a red crown of feathers on the top of his head.  They only get these when they're excited or extra attentive, as I'm sure he was given the fact that I was taking his picture. 

The name Redstart might sound familiar as we have the American Redstart, which is pretty common and then a few others that are more rare, like the Painted Redstart.  No matter which they are, don't be too thrown by the name.  They're really just Warblers, which is bird code for small and fast.

I took this picture on June 18, 2012 near Aguas Calientes, Peru.

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