American Redstart

This warbler is both active and colorful.

By: Jerry Poindexter
Photography by Bruce Divaccaro

The American redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) measures between 4 to 5 3⁄4 inches in length and can be seen hopping about tree branches as it searches for insects of all kinds. It is one of the most active members of the warbler family. What is noticeable about the American redstart is the way it keeps its colorful tail slightly fanned as it jumps from branch to branch.

The reference for the pattern and painting notes are from study skins provided by the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona.

Read the rest of this article in Wildfowl Carving Magazine's Winter 2016 issue.


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