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Forest and Rangeland Birds of the United States

Natural History and Habitat Use

Painted Redstart -- Myioborus pictus

RANGE: Breeds from northwestern and central Arizona, southwestern New Mexico, and western Texas south through the mountains of Central America to Nicaragua; casually in southern California. Winters from northwestern Mexico south through the breeding range.

STATUS: Common.

HABITAT: Mainly inhabits timbered desert mountain canyons, gulches, and rugged slopes in coniferous and deciduous woodlands, generally near water. Especially favors dense thickets and oaks in secluded canyons near streams.

NEST: Nearly always places nest on the ground under a rock, tree root, or grass tuft that provides overhead shelter, and usually on a sloping bank or rocky canyon wall near water.

FOOD: Gleans its food from leaves, tree trunks, and branches. Also hovers while picking insects from tree foliage, and hawks over water. Mostly eats insects. (Food habits have not been reported, however.)

REFERENCES: Bent 1953b, Griscom and Sprunt 1979, Marshall and Balda 1974, Oberholser 1974b.

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