New Bird Record for Amirantes

By DRC Staff, 6th February 2017

One of the benefits of living on a small island with few passerine birds means that it is easy to quickly learn to identify all the common species. Thus when vagrant shows up, they’re hard to miss.

Case and point was the arrival of a Common Redstart, Phoenicurus phoenicurus, spotted hawking flies near a dining area on D’Arros. While the Redstart is a known vagrant in the Granitic Islands, its week long appearance on our small coralline island is only the second record of the bird in the Amirantes.

The chestnut coloured tail with a brown streak down the middle distinguishes the Redstart from any other possible species. Photo by Ryan Daly | © Save Our Seas Foundation