redstart


redstart

noun

  1. any of several small, Old World thrushes, usually with reddish-brown tails, especially Phoenicurus phoenicurus (European redstart).
  2. any of several fly-catching, New World warblers, especially Setophaga ruticilla (American redstart), having black and white plumage with reddish-orange patches.

noun

  1. any European songbird of the genus Phoenicurus, esp P. phoenicurus, in which the male has a black throat, orange-brown tail and breast, and grey back: family Muscicapidae (thrushes, etc)
  2. any North American warbler of the genus Setophaga, esp S. ruticilla
n.

type of bird, 1560s, from red (adj.1) + start “tail,” from Old English steort. Cf. German Rotsterz.

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