Painted Redstart

Myioborus pictus
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Description: Head and upperparts black; lower breast and belly bright red. White wing patch, white outer tail feathers conspicuous when tail fanned.

Song: Series of low-pitched warbles resembling, "weeta weeta weeta wee."

Produced by: Library of Natural Sounds at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology.

Distribution: Breeds in mountains of Arizona and New Mexico south through Mexico and into southwestern Texas. Found in pine-oak canyons and pinyon-juniper forests in montane elevations of about 5,000 to 7,000 ft.

Overwinters throughout breeding range.

Rarely migrates, though occasionally found in lowland areas adjacent to breeding locations mid-March through April.

Status: No evidence of significant decline, though deforestation and excessive grazing are local threats.

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