American redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)
CONFIRMATION STATUS: Confirmed.
Length: 4.5 inches
small, insect-eating bird
Thin, pointed bill
Feeds very actively (even for a warbler)
Often fans tail exposing red or yellow patches
Orange-red sides of breast, wing and tail patches
Belly and undertail coverts white
Remainder of plumage black
Female and immature:
Yellow sides of breast, wing and tail patches
Olive upperparts with grayer head
Immature males begin to acquire adult male pattern in second year
The adult male American redstart is instantly recognizable with its black
and red plumage. Females and immatures can be identified by the yellow
patches at the base of the tail. Yellow patches at side of breast and in wing
can be quite reduced in immatures.
Migration Status: Neotropical migrant
Breeding Habitat: Woodland
Nest Location: Mid-story/canopy nesting
Nest Type: Open-cup
Clutch Size: 4
Length of Incubation: 12 days
Days to Fledge: 9
Number of Broods: ?
Diet: Almost exclusively insects
SKY MEADOWS DISTRIBUTION/SEASONAL OCCURRENCE
Relative abundance and seasonal occurrence are indicated in red below.
C - Common: Likely to be present in good numbers in appropriate habitat and season.
U - Uncommon: May be present in appropriate habitat and season, often in low
O - Occassional: Found in appropriate habitat perhaps only a few times per season,
sometimes low numbers.
R - Rare: May not be recorded every year.
Acc - Accidental: Recorded once or twice, may not be expected again for a long time.
Sp - Spring: March, April, May C
Su - Summer: June, July, August C
Fall: September, October, November U
Winter: December, January, February
Crooked Run Valley