Slate-throated Whitestart (Myioborus miniatus)

The Slate-throated Whitestart is part of the Myioborus genus that includes also the Golden-fronted and Collared Whitestart or Redstart, as are called sometimes. It is a varied genus of warblers that are present in all of the American continent, in different species. In Costa Rica, the Slate-throated is also found along with the Collared species, although here they are called Redstarts instead. They forage very actively on the ground or low in the bushes, flashing their tail to frighten insects that are then caught in the air. Their upper parts and throat are dark grey, while their underparts are yellow in the south, and red on the northernmost part of their range. It also shows a dark red crown that’s difficult to see unless in good light.

Slate-throated Whitestart - Myioborus miniatus - Abanico Pechinegro (2)

This small bird has a yellow belly and a black rest of the body, only broken by the red cap that sometimes is raised but most of the time is not seen

Slate-throated Whitestart - Myioborus miniatus - Abanico Pechinegro (3)

They forage close to the ground and move rapidly from branch to branch, making it difficult to photograph

Slate-throated Whitestart - Myioborus miniatus - Abanico Pechinegro (4)

In some places they are called Redstart, however the underside of their tail is white, hence the change in name

Slate-throated Whitestart - Myioborus miniatus - Abanico Pechinegro

In some northern parts of the range, the belly is actually red instead of yellow

 

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