Collared Redstart (Myioborus torquatus): Candelita collareja; Halsband-Waldsänger; Paruline ceinturée
John recently came across a juvenile of this common highland species. Seen alone, the first impression might be of the Slate-throated Redstart (Myioborus miniatus), a related and equally common species whose range partly overlaps with that of torquatus. Fortunately, a yellow-faced adult bird was in close attendance to feed the hungry youngster, thus dispelling all doubt.
Here below is the young bird, unaccompanied this time by any readily recognised adult. Note that a close view allows the beginnings of the yellow face feathers to be seen:
For comparison purposes here’s a file photo of an adult Slate-throated Redstart:
For more detailed information, please see my earlier posts on the Collared Redstart – El amigo del hombreCollared Redstart – el amigo del hombre and Costa Rican Redstarts.Costa Rican Redstarts