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Slate-throated redstart        Images © Mark A. Chappell

Slate-throated redstarts are active little warblers from neotropical forests, easily spotted because they are constantly fanning their white outer tail feathers ('redstart' is being replaced by 'whitestart' in the common names of this group, as in golden-fronted whitestart).   In several of these images, the species' chestnut crown patch is visible.  Males are slightly more brightly colored than females.   I photographed these in thick cloudforest vegetation along the Manu road, in the tourist town of Aguas Calientes near Machu Picchu on the eastern slope of the Andes in Peru, and in the mountains above Cali, Colombia. 

  • Canon 1D4 or 7D2; 500 mm f4 IS lens or 800 mm IS lens plus 1.4X converter, fill-in flash for most images (2011, 2014, 2015)