Magnus Hellström from Ottenby Bird Observatory presents observations, thoughts and considerations about the sensational Black redstart. Besides the purely aesthetic beauty of the male’s colouring, the species has an odd plumage development which explains much of the variation that we see in birds! The icing on the cake is that there is an eastern form of the species which, though rarely, can occur in Western Europe during late summer. How can you recognize one, and how can you dare to believe that it isn’t just a hybrid Black X Common redstart? And, with such a large outspread area in Asia, why aren’t there more eastern variations found!?