American Redstart

Setophaga ruticilla



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Figure 1. Distribution of the American Redstart.

Distribution of the American Redstart in North and Central America and the Caribbean. This species also winters east to the Lesser Antilles and south to northern South America. See text for details.

Figure 2. American Redstart vocalizations.

American Redstart vocalizations, recorded in Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, Grafton County, New Hampshire, by C. A. Staicer and V. Ingalls; sonograms made by Borror Laboratory of Bioacoustics at Ohio State University.

Figure 3. Annual cycle of molt, breeding, and migration of the American Redstart.

Figure shows data for American Redstart in the northeastern U.S. Thick lines show peak activity, thin lines off-peak.

Figure 4. Relative abundance of the American Redstart in the U.S. and southern Canada, 2007-2013.

Relative abundance of American Redstart in U.S. and southern Canada, 2007–2013, based solely on data from Breeding Bird Survey. Numbers shown are average number of individuals detected per route per year. See Sauer et al. (2014) for details.

Figure 5. Regional trends in American Redstart populations, 1966-2013; data from the Breeding Bird Survey.

Data show best estimates of population change for the species over its range. Trend shown for the period 1966-2013 (Sauer et al. 2014).

Figure 6. Migratory connectivity of American Redstart populations between summer and winter.

The distribution of the most likely breeding region (NW, Northwest; MW, Midwest; NE, Northeast; CE, Central-east; SE, Southeast) for individuals at each wintering region (M, Mexico; C, Central America; W, Western Greater Antilles; E, Eastern Greater Antilles; L, Lesser Antilles/South America). Black dots indicate sampling locations and bars indicate the proportion of individuals assigned to each breeding region (rounded to the nearest 5%). Figure from Martin et al. 2007, adapted from Norris et al. 2006a.

Figure 7. Illustration of nest and eggs of American Redstart.

Taken from the Illustrations of the Nests and Eggs of Ohio, 1879–1886. Drawings by Miss Genevieve Estelle Jones, Mrs. N. E. Jones and Miss Eliza J. Schultz.

Recommended Citation

Sherry, T. W., R. T. Holmes, P. Pyle, and M. A. Patten (2016). American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla), version 3.0. In The Birds of North America (P. G. Rodewald, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.