Collared Redstart Myioborus torquatus

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Parulidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Connor Hilbie and Nicholas L. Block

Collared Redstart is a brightly colored, highly animated warbler of southern Central America. Restricted to highland forests in Costa Rica and Panama, above 1500 meters, the species typically forages by fanning its high-contrast tail and flushing insects from vegetation and leaf litter, a normal mode of hunting for Myioborus "whitestarts". Collared Redstart is gray above and yellow below with a rufous crown patch bordered by black, a gray breast band, and a black tail with white outer rectrices. Because of its flashy tail pattern and active foraging behavior, Collared Redstart generally is easy to find visually, but it also can be detected by ear by its sharp pick call or its song, a jumbled slur of trills and whistles.


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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Hilbie, C. and N. L. Block (2018). Collared Redstart (Myioborus torquatus), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.