August 6, 2015 – American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)

Requested by: falseredstart

These warblers are found in much of North America and winter in Central America, the Caribbean, and northern South America. They eat mostly insects, startling them out of hiding by flashing the bright red or yellow patches on their wings and tail and often catching them in the air. In the late summer they also eat berries and fruit. Females build the nests and both parents bring food to the chicks. Though often monogamous, some males attract another mate after the first has laid her eggs. They then defend a second territory, usually assisting the the new female less than the first.

Also see the male American Redstart here: http://birdstudies.net/post/78574756962/february-17-2014-american-redstart-setophaga

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