AMERICAN REDSTART


Setophaga ruticilla


Description:

The American Redstart feeds very actively, even for a warbler. It has the distinctive habit of suddenly dropping down in pursuit of a flying insect, then fanning its brightly marked tail from side to side.


Appearance:

General: 4.5 to 5.5 inches in length

Adult Male: Overall black plumage. Bright orange breast sides and wing and tail patches. White belly and undertail coverts. Thin, dark, pointed bill.

Female: Olive upperparts. White underparts. Grayish head. Yellow breast sides and wing and tail patches. Thin, pointed bill.

Immature: Similar to female. Immature males start to acquire adult plumage in their second year.


Habitat:

Second-growth woodlands. Thickets with saplings.


Nesting:

4 dull white eggs with brown speckles. The eggs have a 12 day incubation period. Fledging occurs in 9 days. The nest is an open cup of grass, bark, plant fibers, and spiderweb lined with fine grass and hair. The nest is built in a branch fork of a sapling or next to the trunk of a tree.


Observed Locations:

  • FRNC, Point Loma





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