Spectacled Redstart Myioborus melanocephalus

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The Spectacled Redstart is a colorful warbler of montane forest in the South American Andes.  Found from 2000-3300 meters in elevation from southern Colombia south to Bolivia, it is gray above and yellow below with yellow spectacles on the face.  There is considerable subspecific variation within the range that typically manifests itself phenotypically in the face pattern (typical of much of the species-level variation within the radiation of Myioborus through the American tropics).  However, identification of the species is straightforward because the only other whitestart sympatric with Spectacled Redstart is the familiar and widespread Slate-throated Redstart which is very different plumage-wise.

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

Recommended Citation

Spectacled Redstart (Myioborus melanocephalus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/spered1