Myioborus miniatus


The Myioborus is most commonly known as Whitestarts. This English name refers to the white outer tail feather that is a prominent feature of the member of this genus.

Confusingly, they are often named as “redstarts”, and the use of these less exact names is still widespread across the North and Central America, On the other hand, Myioborus has gained more extensive use in South America and this name (Whitestart) is suggested by the IOC.

The painted whitestarts mostly have the shiny and smooth black plumage with carmine-red plumage ( the feathers of a bird) on the lower belly and breast.

Myioborus have also both bill and legs black. There are contrasting white feathers on the lower eye-crescents, outer tail feathers and on the wings. Females and males are similar in plumage.

Spectacled Whitestart

On the other hand, Sexes are differentiated on the basis of their measurements as males Myioborus (painted whitestarts) are slightly larger.


NamePainted redstarts
Scientific NameMyioborus Pictus
SynonymsSetophaga Pictus, Setophaga Picta

Vernacular Names

  •  English: common Painted Redstar
  •  Albanian: Pikturoi Redstar
  •  Catalan: Redstar Pintat
  •  Czech: Malovaná Redstar
  •  Danish: Malede Redstar
  •  Dutch: Redstar Geschilderd
  •  Finnish: Painted Redstar
  •  French: Redstar Peint
  •  Galician: Painted Redstar
  •  German: Gemalter Redstar
  •  Greek: Βαμμένο Redstar
  •  Hausa: Fuskar Redstar
  •  Italian: Redstar dipinto
  •  Japanese: ペインテッドレッドスタ
  •  Polish: Malowana Redstar
  •  Portuguese: Redstar pintado
  •  Russian: Окрашенные Redstar
  •  Spanish: Pintado Redstar
  •  Swedish: Målad Redstar

History of Myioborus

History about the Painted Redstart is given below briefly :

Origin of Myioborus Pictus

The History of Myioborus songbirds, along with those in the genus Basileuterus appear to have colonized South America early, maybe before it was connected (linked) to the northern continent, and these two genera give a large portion of the occupant warbler species of that area.

Ecology and habitat of painted whitestarts

In the Forest of pinyon-juniper and pine-oak the painted whitestarts are found at the height of around 2000 m to 3000 m. in winter painted whitestarts are normally found in the lower heights. Central American natural surroundings incorporate oak and oak-pine forests inside parched to semihumid regions.

Migration of Painted Whitestarts

Locally Migrant: Yes, Some population of Myioborus makes local nearby expanded development (for the most part under 200 km) at specific times of the year For example (to hibernation Sites To reproducing or wintering grounds).

Non-Migrant: yes, some population of Painted Redstart does not make any significant seasonal migration. The Juvenile dispersal is such example that is not considered a migration.


Painted Whitestarts, also known as painted restarts(Myioborus pictus), are local to southern parts of the United States, the southern portion of Mexico, and northern areas of Latin America.

Painted Redstart

There are two subspecies: Myioborus Pictus Guatemalae and Myioborus Pictus . Myioborus pictus is found from southwestern New Mexico and Arizona to Oaxaca and Veracruz inside Southern central Mexico.

On the other hand, you can usually found the Myioborus pictus Guatemala in Northern Nicaragua to Chiapas inside Southern Mexico.

Physical Description of Myioborus

Painted whitestarts mostly have an attractive dark plumage with cochineal-red plumage on the lower belly and breast. Myioborus also have dark bill and Legs. There are differentiating white plumes on the lower eye-brows, the wings, and external tail quills.

Painted whitestarts male and female can be identified as both have a different physical appearance, for example, Male Myioborus are slightly larger as compared to female Myioborus pictus.

Measurements of Redstart

The wing measurement of the male Painted redstart is varied from 66 to 77 cm. While the tail measurement of males ranges from 60 to 68 cm. on the other hand, Females range from 54 to 64.5 cm. The bill measurement of both females and males range from 8 to 9 cm.

The tarsus measurements of both females and males range from almost 16 to 17.5 cm. The weight of both females and males ranges from 5.9 to 9.6 g. In contrast to adults, the juvenile painted whitestarts have the sooty brownish-grey plumage that becomes lighter on an under tail coverts and belly.

Myioborus torquatus

The juveniles also lack the energetic red bellies. They have contrasting feathers of white color on the lower eye crescents, wings and the outer tail feathers that are similar to the adults.

American redstart Food habit

Painted whitestarts typically are foraging in densely wooded areas and canyon bottoms where it is shady. Primarily, painted whitestarts pick off insects from low tree trunks. Often painted whitestarts use tail-fanning technique to expose white plumage contrast to elicit a response in prey such as arthropods.

American redstart fundamentally eats insects, but in summer they also consume tree sab and in winter they intake sugar water and peanut butter suet mixture.

Generally, American redstart uses three methods for food capturing.

  1. Hover gleaning
  2. Hawking
  3. Gleaning

American redstart typically searches food in the densely wooded areas and canyon bottoms where it is shady. American redstart primarily picks off the insects from low tree trunks.


The predators consist of birds, for example, common ravens, warm-blooded animals, for example, chipmunks, reptiles such as rattlesnakes. Usually, these predators take the American redstart Nestlings or the eggs.

Due to these predators attack American redstart quick mobbing would happen such as tail and wing flicking, hoping and calling.

Predators Name

• Mexican jays (Aphelocoma wollweberi)
• chipmunks (Eutamias dorsalis)
• black-tailed rattlesnakes (Crotalus molossus)
• Common Raven (Corvus corax)
• kingsnakes (Lampropellis pyromelana)
• Apache fox squirrels (Sciurus apache)

Distinctive Features

The distinct features of these Myioborus pictus are explained in detail below :


Myioborus pictus are predominately monogamous and occasionally polygynous. The mating of painted whitestarts consists of tail-fanning and singing. To attract a mating male Myioborus pictus perform flying display. Usually, after the mating pair bonds are established.

Painted Redstart

Before building a nest Male Myiioborus usually tail-fan to give a signal to mate potential nesting sites. Searing a nest site can last for an around a week. The female painted whitestart usually build the nest under the rocks or on the ground under tree roots.

The Myiioborus nest is build up of weed stalks, grasses, bark shreds and lined with hairs. While the construction of nest can take up to four days to two weeks.

The breeding occurs in the months of April to June and Female Myiioborus gives three to seven eggs during the season of mating.

The gestation average period is 13 days and 4 eggs that have cream colored with brown speckles are laid.
It is interesting to know that male does not feed the female during her incubating period.

Female painted whitestarts start building a nest for upcoming babies during the evening and in the daytime. To protect the nest from the sunlight Females spread their wings over the nest.

Males and females both feed the nestlings, but most of the time females feed the nestlings. Nestlings are mainly fed arthropods.

In the initial four days, the females eat and Remove the fecal sacs for home sanitation. Females and male substitute fledging their young. Frequently they form a family group with the adults to move around the territory together once fledging starts.

Life expectancy or Longevity of Myioborus

There are no proper investigations or studies which reference normal lifespan or longevity with the captivity or wild. However, it was observed that one banded painted whitestart returned to the same feeder for eight back to back winters that would make it no less than seven years of age.

Additionally, there have been six grouped birds to return one to two back to back seasons which would make them two to three years old.

Behavior of Myiborus

The essential technique for moving one place to other is flight. Turning and bouncing is also common in searching for wild food sources. Bounces range from 10 cm to 30 cm. Bounce speed is from 20 cm/s to 120 cm/s. Showering practices comprise of utilizing streams.

Adult whitstarts sit in water with wings spread mostly then they continue to shake full body and wings. Agonistic conduct comprises of male whitstarts mark their territory by leaving signs to keep other Myioborus pictus away from their territory.

At the point when two male redstart birds are close frequently, Then there will be presentations of wing-and-tail-flicking that includes jumping.

Home Range of redstart birds

Redstart birds usually establish home ranges after two to five days arriving from winter migration grounds. The generall territories average is around 1.68 ha.

Red-capped birds Perception and Communication

The voice calls of Red-capped birds consist of ‘Cheree’ ‘Chwee’ the first syllable is usually higher pitched. The romance call consists of high-pitched ‘dee dee dee’ and low pitched ‘tseeoo’.

The alert call of red-capped birds comprises of ‘zeeetttt’. While the song consists of ‘weeta weeta wee’. both male and female birds are capable of singing.

Ecosystem Roles

Despite the fact that there are no clear examples of environmental roles for Myioborus pictus, it is critical to note flying creatures have an imperative role in organic controls; painted whitestarts are insectivores that imply they contribute to the control of bug populaces.


Fun Facts about Myioborus

Fun Facts about Myioborus


Awais Ahmed

Awais Ahmed

An IT(Information Technology) graduate from Bahria University Islamabad, I started my carrier as a Freelance in the year 2016 and have worked as a Blogger and Content Creator at various organizations. Currently working as a Content Creator at Tapedaily. Staying updated and writing research-based content related to Plants, Animals, and various kingdoms are my key interest.

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