Meet The Collared Redstart – The Electric Yellow Bird With A Spiky Hairdo (12 Pics)

Characterized by its famous chestnut ‘crown’ found on top of an electric yellow face and breast, blue/black collar and wings, this bird is unlike any other.

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Also known as the collared whitestart, this tropical bird is native to Central America and is part of the warbler family.

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These tiny birds are on average 5 inches in length and only weigh around 11g.

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Unlike most other birds, both male and female look alike, whereas youths have an overall duller plumage.

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Males and females look pretty much alike. Juveniles though are duller overall, with a brown back, pale yellow under plumage.

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They are regularly found in the mountains of Northern Costa Rica and Western Central Panama.

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They prefer to live in high altitudes, and heights of 5,000 ft are common for them. You can often find them in mountain forests and ravines.

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Their diet consists of insects caught at high altitude where it will fan its striking tail as it pursues its prey.

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They and have even been known to follow humans and cattle to feast on the insects they flush.

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March to May is their breeding season, during this time they build a unique domed nest that has a side entrance.

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They use materials such as fibers, dry bamboo leaves and tree ferns to build the next.

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Even though they favour high altitudes, they build their nests on the ground and conceal them in a grassy back or under a rock.

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Collared redstarts are fairly common and are their population is not currently threatened.

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