Painted Redstart

1/640s, f8.0, ISO 2000, Canon EOS-1D X Mark II, EF800mm f/5.6L IS USM +1.4x III

The Painted Restart is a species of New World warbler. The Painted Restarts are common at heights between 1,5002,500 m (4,9008,200 ft) and will make their homes in open oak woodlands and canyons in Central America, but will also range as far north as Arizona and New Mexico in the United States, called the Madrean sky islands as well as the Mogollon Rim to the north, (southern regions of the Colorado Plateau).These are insectivorous ground feeding birds, most of which have the red tail which gives the group its name. Their nesting is done on the ground, and they create their nests so that they will be hidden among rocks, roots, or tufts of grass on steeply sloping ground. Their nests are large and shallow, constructed of strips of bark, plant fibers, leaves, and grass. The female will lay 3 or 4 white to cream-colored eggs that are speckled with fine brown and reddish spots. Incubation lasts about 14 days, but other nesting details are largely unknown.
Madera Canyon, AZ