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American Redstart
Setophaga ruticilla

Warblers and Tanagers
Wood-Warbler Family (Parulidae)

Size: Length: 11-13.5 cm

Description: You'll have to be quick, because this unique bird won't sit still for you to identify it. It is an exercise in perpetual motion, flitting from branch to branch in search of insects. If you do manage to spot this common summer nester, you'll be treated to a flash of red amidst the greens of the deciduous forest. Males are a warbler-sized bird, almost entirely black on the upper surface, neck and breast. The lower belly and abdomen are white. Within this solid black exterior, are several flashes of red, one on the flank, another on the wing at the base of the flight feathers, and a final on the edge of the tail. In flight, the hidden red of the underwing coverts is also revealed. Females look completely different. Their upper surface is olive-green, while their throat, breast and underbelly are white. They have a white eye-circle and a matching eye streak. Rather than red splashes, they have yellow, and in the same locations, on the flank, the wings and the tail. They build a neat nest, usually in a deciduous tree, often near avalanche slopes or shrubby wetlands. Their call is a series of five or six notes, with the second last much higher than the rest: "zee-zee-zee-zee-za-wa".

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All Material Ward Cameron 2005

 

 

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