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The painted redstart, Myioborus pictus, occurs from the southwestern United States to northern Nicaragua, its more northern populations being migratory. In Utah, it is known only from a few locations in the southwestern corner of the state. It has been observed in Zion National Park during several years in the spring, but the only report of its breeding in Utah was in the Bull Valley Mountains in 1993. Its habitats are oak and pine forests in mountains. Its diet consists exclusively of insects.

The painted redstart nests on the ground or under an overhanging bank. The three or four eggs are incubated by the female parent for thirteen to fourteen days, and the nestlings are tended by both parents for nine to thirteen days before fledging.


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