The Common Redstart shows some affinity to the European Robin in many of its habits and actions. The male’s song is similar to that of the Robin, but never more than a prelude, since it has an unfinished, feeble ending. It is a summer visitor throughout most of Europe and western Asia and also in northwest Africa in Morocco. It winters in central Africa and Arabia, south of the Sahara Desert but north of the Equator, from Senegal east to Yemen. It is widespread as a breeding bird in Great Britain, particularly in upland broadleaf woodlands and hedgerow trees.
Range Map for Common Redstart along the African-Eurasian Flyway showing breeding range (red) and non-breeding range (green).