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American Redstart - Setophaga ruticilla

American Redstart is a small songbird usually hidden within the upper branches and leaves of larger trees, unless in breeding season when different males are chasing each others.

Common Names

  • American Redstart (en)
  • Candelita norteña, Pavito migratorio (es)
  • Paruline flamboyante (fr)
  • Schnäpperwaldsänger (de)


  • Passeriformes
  • Parulidae
  • Setophaga ruticilla

Where & When to Spot

American Redstart is a migratory bird. First individuals can be spotted in spring. They prefer tense vegetation of bushes and trees and once the leaves have grown, more difficult to spot. Watch out for males during breeding season as they are then very active, chasing each other. Females are usually not that far away but better hidden and less active.

How to Identify

Male are easily recognizable with their intense orange patches within black feathers. More difficult to identify are females. Blueish grey head and a yellow spot on the side. Usually, I spot first a male as they are very active flying around. The female then can be spotted nearby.


American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)

Immature male. Watching performing the song of a male but colouring isn’t close to what they will look like once adult

Park Île-de-la-Visitation - 2022-05-21

NIKON Z 6; NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S Z TC-2.0x; Focal Length 400mm; Exposure 1/1250; Aperture f/5.6; Iso 2500;

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)

Ile Saint Bernard - 2018-05-12

NIKON D500; 300mm f/4.0; Focal Length 420mm; Exposure 1/640; Aperture f5.6; Iso 250;

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)

Park Pointe aux Prairies - 2017-05-13

NIKON D500; TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N; Focal Length 280mm; Exposure 1/1250; Aperture f5.6; Iso 1800;

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)

Park Mont-Royal - 2014-05-11

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS; 4.3-215mm; Focal Length 179mm; Exposure 1/1000; Aperture f6.5; Iso 400;

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