American Redstart

Setophaga ruticilla

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Wood-Warblers (Parulidae)

Code 4

AMRE

Code 6

SETRUT

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The American Redstart has a large breeding range of 3,690,000 square kilometers. This includes deciduous woodlands, second growth, and riparian zones in southern and western Canada, much of the eastern United States, and parts of the western United States, especially in the north. This species winters in tropical forest habitats in southern Florida, the Caribbean, southern Mexico to northern South America, and parts of southern California. The estimated breeding population of the American Redstart is 39 million, and it has a conservation rating of Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

American Redstart: Medium, active warbler with black upperparts and hood, distinctive orange-red patches on wings, sides, and long, fanned tail, and white underparts. Bill, legs, and feet are black. Female has gray head and gray-olive upperparts and white underparts with yellow on flanks and tail. It frequently flashes its colorful wings and tail to flush insects from foliage.

 

Range and Habitat

American Redstart: Breeds from southeastern Alaska east to Newfoundland, and south to northern Oregon, Colorado, Oklahoma, northern Louisiana, and South Carolina. Spends winters in southern Florida and southern California and points south into the tropics. Preferred habitats include second-growth woodlands.

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American Redstart SONGS AND CALLS

American Redstart C1

Harsh "chip" call given by a female.

American Redstart A1

Two different song types.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"chewy-chewy-chewy, chew-chew-chew"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The American Redstart is referred to as "the butterfly of the bird world" because of its quick fluttering motions and bright orange color on the wings and tail.
  • They are known by some in the tropics as the "latrine bird" because of their tendency to look for flies around outhouse and garbage dumps. They are also known there as the "Christmas bird" because they appear in the region around Christmas time.
  • They are unrelated to the Old World redstarts, but get their name from the male's red tail, start being an old word for tail.
  • A group of warblers has many collective nouns, including a "bouquet", "confusion", "fall", and "wrench" of warblers.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Michael Oberhofer

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