At a Glance

Inhabiting open woods and fields across Europe and northern Asia, this medium-sized thrush occurs regularly as close to our area as Iceland. Contrary to what its name might suggest, the red in its wing is only on the underside; on the perched bird, it shows up only as a rust color along the flanks. The Redwing has strayed to northeastern North America several times, mostly in winter.
Perching Birds
Low Concern
Forests and Woodlands, Shrublands, Savannas, and Thickets
Direct Flight

Range & Identification


8-10" (20-24 cm). Shaped like American Robin, but smaller. Brown above, white below, with dark streaks on chest, white eyebrow. Reddish orange on sides, flanks, and underwing coverts, most obvious in flight.
About the size of a Robin
Wing Shape
Tail Shape
Notched, Rounded, Square-tipped

Songs and Calls

Song is a descending warble composed of simple notes, with many different dialects. Wide variety of calls from a buzzy “dsssi” to chip notes.