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The Daurian redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus)

It is fitting that we end the year with a bird that can be seen around a lot at the moment.....The Daurian redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus).

Like all typical redstarts, they are strongly sexually dimorphic, which means the male is quite different in appearance to the female, with the females being warm brown above, paler below.

It was formerly classed as a member of the thrush family (Turdidae), but is now generally considered to be an Old World flycatcher (Muscicapidae).

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