Luzon Water Redstart

“I know all the birds of the mountains, And the wild beasts of the field are Mine.” (Psalms 50:11 NKJV)

Myra, a follower, now a friend, from the Philippines, shared this video of a Luzon Water Redstart. Her daughters journeyed up Mt. Pulag a few weeks ago. They spotted the Redstart and captured it with their phone’s camera. Myra always ask them to “bird watch for me.” And now, Myra is sharing that video with us. Thanks, Myra, and your two daughters.

“The Luzon water redstart (Phoenicurus bicolor) is a species of bird in the family Muscicapidae. It is endemic to the Philippines. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forest, subtropical or tropical moist montane forest, and rivers. It is threatened by habitat loss.

This species was formerly placed in the genus Rhyacornis but was moved to Phoenicurus based on the results of a molecular phylogenetic study published in 2010.” [Wikipedia]

Luzon Water Redstart (Phoenicurus bicolor) ©Myra

I have to admit, I chuckled when I saw how the video ended. How many times have we watched a bird, only to have it disappear into the bushes or leaves. BUT! At least it was spotted.

Here is an interesting article with two videos about this little avian wonder from our Lord. Luzon Water Redstart, Take 2

Happy Birdwatching!!

2 thoughts on “Luzon Water Redstart

  1. Thanks for this introduction to the Luzon Water Redstart. Perhaps you recall how a redstart-whinchat (“redchat”) hybrid made taxonomic history in Norway, back in AD2013. See “Norway’s Redchat Defies Evolutionary Speciation”, posted at https://www.icr.org/article/norway-redchat-defies-evolutionary-speciation/ . (The Norwegians called this hybrid bird “rødskvett ” — blending parts of the Norwegian words rødstjert (redstart, “red tail”) and buskskvett (whinchat, “bush splash”), to indicate its two DNA-confirmed parents.)

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