Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2010-24

Common name:

Painted Redstart

Scientific name: Myioborus pictus
Date: 31 May 2010
Time: ~9:00am
Length of time observed: ~90 seconds
Number: 1
Age: Adult
Sex: Unknown
Location: Confluence of East Fork Virgin River and Mineral Canyon (Parunuweap...
County: Kane
Elevation: ~4500 ft.
Distance to bird: ~75 feet
Optical equipment: Bushnell Elite 10X43 Binoculars
Weather: Clear, calm, mild
Light Conditions: Good light from clear sky with sun high overhead and slightly southeast.
Description:        Size of bird: Medium-small, like a Dendroica warbler
(Description:)       Basic Shape: Well proportioned, fairly long tail, small bill. Body ...
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: Black, White, and Red
(Description:)            Bill Type: Short, thin, straight, and pointed.  All Dark
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Sized and shaped like an "average" warbler with a longish tail and a thin, straight, pointed bill that was all dark.  The bird was mostly black on its head and upperparts except for thin white arcs under each eye and large bold white panels on each wing.  The tail was black with white outer feathers.  The bird's belly was bright red fading to streaky, mottled grayish on the undertail coverts.
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery: Loud cheery warble of three note phrases repeated.
Behavior: Foraging in cottonwoods, willows, and other riparian trees.  After hearing it sing, I went over to the area and began pishing
Habitat: Lush riparian habitat along the narrow canyon of the East Fork Virgin River.  Vegetation consisted of cottonwoods, gooding's ...
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Highly distinctive.  The red, white and black plumage is shared by no other regularly occurring bird in the ABA area.  The white wing panels, under-eye arcs, and otherwise solid black head ruled out the extremely unlikely slate-throated redstart.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
I have extensive experience with this species from many years living in New Mexico and almost 10 years of birding in southern ...
References consulted: None available or required
Description from: Notes made later
Observer: Carl G. Lundblad
Observer's address: 610 Spring Meadows Road, HCR70 box 7000, Amargosa Valley, NV 89...
Observer's e-mail address:  
Other observers who independently identified this bird:  
Date prepared: 6 June 2010
Additional material: Photos