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American Redstart

Paruline flamboyante

Setophaga ruticilla

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Species: The American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) is one of the more common warblers seen in North America. The very attractive male is quite active and seems to sing throughout the whole day. During the summer, it can be seen flittering from branch to branch, exposing the large orange areas on the side of its breast, its opened wings and flared tail feathers.

Distinctions: Sexually dimorphic, the male has large orange markings on its breast, wings and at the base of its tail feathers. It has a shiny black body with a white breast. Female has an olive-coloured body, grey head, yellow feathers on its wings, side of breast and at base of tail feathers. Juvenile similar to female, with maybe a hint of black on the side of the breast and brown wings.

Voice: Loud songs consisting up to five or six notes, constant singing throughout the day. Always moving from branch to branch and tree to tree.

Nesting: Up to five eggs, pale white to light greenish with brown specks, one to two broods per year. Nest is usually located in the crotch of a sapling or base of a tree. Prefers second growth forest with water nearby.

Birds of North America
B L W W W Family Latin Name
5.25" 13.3cm 7.75" 19.7cm 0.4oz 11.3g Parulidae Setophaga ruticilla

  • Summer
  • Year Around
  • Winter

Distribution: Found in second growth forest or open wooded areas. Seen from Newfoundland and Labrador through the lower half of Quebec and north to James Bay. It is also seen across the prairies into the Northwest Territories and south into British Columbia as well as east along the northern states into the central regions of North America. It is also found south into Texas and east to the Atlantic coast and north into Nova Scotia.

References to Other Bird Sites:

Avibase - the world bird database

ABA - American Birding Association

AOS - The American Ornitholgy Society

ABC - American Bird Conservancy

eBird - TheCornellLab of Ornithology

NA - National Geographic

NAC - National Audubon Society

Classic Collection of North American Birds