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  • noun Plural form of redstart.


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  • John Clare called redstarts firetails, and the local name is accurate and beautiful.

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  • In fact, the redstarts are the tiny fantail pigeons of the forest.

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  • Many species belong to genera typical of the high ranges of Asia, such as redstarts (Phoenicurus), accentors (Prunella) and rosefinches (Carpodacus).

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  • I love them as much for the ads for Atco Autoscythes and Cremona Assorted Toffees as for the editorial content on everything from redstarts on window-sills to the vegetation on British Railways 'embankments.

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  • A crow shot past overhead, closely pursued by a pair of redstarts.

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  • Buxton says they would call themselves redstarts if they needed a name, “since it is by this that they recognize one another.”

    A Year on the Wing

  • He wanted to be an amateur because he knew the etymology of the word, that an amateur is a lover, and that his love for his redstarts lay at the heart of his experience of them.

    A Year on the Wing

  • Aristotle identified the similarities of the two species and noted that redstarts departed at about the time that robins arrived.

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  • Their mother, Stephanie Parker, has been incredibly accommodating to the demands of this book, and much else besides; the words here began in many places—one such was a walk with her across Exmoor in the early summer more than fifteen years ago, when redstarts, wood warblers, and pied flycatchers retook possession of my imagination.

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  • Young redstarts, Buxton discovered, start quivering their tails on their tenth or thirteenth day.

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