American Redstarts are one of the most common
warblers to breed in the United States. The male has a habit of
"posing", spreading his wings and tail as if showing off its beautiful
coloring, and is typically very active. Males are much more
brilliantly colored, with patches of orange-red on its black upperparts (photo
to the right). Females are much more muted in color (see photos at bottom
of the page).
Habitat: Prefers edges and clearings of deciduous to mixed
forest, also riparian areas and isolated groves.
Diet: Mostly insects, occasionally
fruits and berries, seeds.
Behavior: Extremely active while foraging,
flitting from location to location, actively clambering over vegetation and
flying out to catch insects.
Nesting: June and July
Migration: Neotropical migrant, summering in the eastern and northern U.S. and Canada,
wintering in Mexico, Central America, and South America.
Similar Species: Generally distinctive, especially
Conservation Status: Possibly showing slight declines.
Cornell University's "All About Birds - American Redstart"
eNature.com: American Redstart
Photo Information: June 3rd, 2007 -
Newton Hills State Park in South
Dakota -- Terry Sohl
Additional Photos: Click on the image chips or
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