• Welcome to BirdForum, the internet's largest birding community with thousands of members from all over the world. The forums are dedicated to wild birds, birding, binoculars and equipment and all that goes with it.

    Please register for an account to take part in the discussions in the forum, post your pictures in the gallery and more.
ZEISS DTI thermal imaging cameras. For more discoveries at night, and during the day.

American Redstart - BirdForum Opus

Revision as of 16:26, 22 June 2023 by Jmorlan (talk | contribs) (→‎External Links: Added English name to GSearch.)
(diff) ← Older revision | Latest revision (diff) | Newer revision → (diff)
Setophaga ruticilla


4 1/2-5 1/2" (11-14 cm)


  • Black with bright orange patches on wings and tail
  • White belly

Female and young birds: dull olive-brown above, white below, with yellow wing and tail patches.

Photo © by Al_in_Virginia
Quinton, Virginia, USA, September 2011


North, Central and South America:
Breeds from Alaska to southern US.
Winters southern US to northern South America and West Indies


This is a monotypic species[1].


Swampy and mixed woodlands, thickets and copses


Immature male
Photo © by Newton-W
Jacksonville, Florida, October 2017

Fans its tail from side to side when perched.


Their diet consists almost entirely of insects. They do eat some seeds and berries in the late summer and winter, when on migration.


Four white eggs, speckled brown, are laid in cup-shaped nest. The nest is made of grass, bark shreds, plant fibers, and spiderweb and lined with fine grass and hair. The nest is placed in the fork of a tree.


Five to six high-pitched notes or 2-note phrases. It ends with an upward or downward inflection: chewy-chewy-chewy, chew-chew-chew.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Boreal Songbird Initiative
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Oct 2017)

Recommended Citation

External Links

GSearch checked for 2020 platform.1