13 December 2019

Blackstart - Ushaiqer

Whilst birding the Ushaiqer dump site 175 kilometres northwest of Riyadh I came across a couple of Blackstarts. The species is a common resident of rocky desert areas throughout with the exception of the east and northeast. Birds occur eastwards to Riyadh where it is a fairly common breeding resident at the base of the escarpment, the area where these birds were seen. The bird is named after the fact it has a black tail, similar to the red tail of Redstart. Birds are often difficult to get good photos of due to their colouration but in winter they seemed more amenable to staying still allowing better photographic opportunities. Poor light did not help but the best photo is below.