Myioborus Pictus – Painted Redstart

Myioborus Pictus - Painted Redstart found in the US

The painted redstart or painted whitestart (Myioborus pictus) is a New World warbler species found in mountainous areas of Central America’s interior. They are huge warblers.

Quick Overview: Myioborus Pictus – Painted Redstart
Body size: Around 5.1-5.9 in (13-15 cm) and a weight of 8.5-11.3 g (0.3- 0.4 oz)
Main colors: Black, Red, White
Range: Southern United States
Migratory Bird: Yes
Best time of the year to see in the U.S.: June, July, August, September
Conservation Status: Least Concern

Painted Redstart Description

A medium-sized warbler with a black head and upper parts, a bright red breast and belly, and a brilliant red breast and belly. Black wings with big white patches. A white arc appears beneath the eye. Black with thick, white borders on the tail.

Myioborus Pictus - Painted Redstart found in the US
Myioborus Pictus – Painted Redstart. Source: Wikipedia


These birds have a length of 5.1-5.9 in (13-15 cm) and a weight of 8.5-11.3 g (0.3- 0.4 oz). Their wings could range from 8.3 in (21 cm).


Painted Redstarts are attracted to sugar-water feeders throughout the year (such as hummingbird feeders). They may consume peanut butter and suet combinations during the winter.


Painted redstarts are frequent in open oak forests and canyons in Central America and Mexico at elevations of 1,500–2,500 m (4,900–8,200 ft).


Once observed, the Painted Redstart, on the other hand, cannot be confused with any other species. It is easily recognized by its striking black, red, and white appearance and visible behavior of creeping up branches while expanding its wings and flicking its tail.

Myioborus Pictus Scientific Classification

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Aves
  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Parulidae
  • Genus: Myioborus
  • Species: Myioborus pictus

Best time of the year to see

The best time to see these birds in the United States is during the summer season (June – September).

Distribution of the Painted Redstart in the USA

Breeds in southwestern Utah, central Arizona, western New Mexico, extreme western Texas, and northern Mexico; winters south of the United States-Mexico border in central Mexico.

Myioborus Pictus – Painted Redstart

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