Slate-throated Redstart Myioborus miniatus Scientific name definitions

William D. Harrod and Ronald L. Mumme
Version: 2.0 — Published July 29, 2022


Field Identification

Slate-throated Redstart is one of 12 species of Myioborus redstarts (also known as "whitestarts") noted for their animated foraging displays in which they droop their wings, pivot from side to side, and erect and spread their tails to reveal the white patches in the outer tail feathers (see Feeding). Slate-throated Redstart is characterized by its slate gray throat and its chestnut or tawny crown patch. The color of the breast and belly varies geographically, from intense vermilion in birds of northern and central Mexico to yellow in South American birds (see Geographic Variation and Subspecies).

Similar Species

Slate-throated Redstart is most likely to be confused with Painted Redstart (Myioborus pictus), as these are the only two species of Myioborus with a dark (black or slate gray) throat. Slate-throated Redstart, however, lacks the glossy black mantle, conspicuous white wing patches, and white eye crescent characteristic of Painted Redstart, and Painted Redstart lacks the chestnut or tawny crown patch of Slate-throated Redstart. The two species regularly co-occur only in the mountains of Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, and northern Nicaragua.

Recommended Citation

Harrod, W. D. and R. L. Mumme (2022). Slate-throated Redstart (Myioborus miniatus), version 2.0. In Birds of the World (S. M. Billerman, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.sltred.02