Restless Muse on Migrating Birds

Aristotle was a brilliant philosopher and observer of nature. He pioneered the study of zoology, but he was utterly clueless about bird migration. The seasonal appearance and disappearance of the birds in his native Greece perplexed him. Similar appearing species must be “transmuted” into each other across seasons, he reasoned, to explain the disappearance of […]

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Passerines seen in April

In the dictionary the word passerine is described thus: passerine |ˈpasərin, -ˌrīn|Ornithology adjective – of, relating to, or denoting birds of a large order distinguished by feet that are adapted for perching, including all songbirds. noun – a passerine bird; a perching bird. The order Passeriformes comprises more than half of all bird species, the […]

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Redstart Phoenicurus phoenicurus

The Common Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus) is a small passerine bird with a brown tail & is considered to be an Old World flycatcher (Muscicapidae). Among European birds, only the Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochrurus) has a similarly colored tail. It is a summer visitor in Europe and winters in north Africa. Factsheet: Common Redstart Phoenicurus phoenicurus (LC)  

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