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About the American Redstart

Also known as: Yellow-tailed Warbler, Redstart

The American Redstart is a small species of warbler that lives in the Americas. They are migratory, breeding up through parts of Canada and the eastern United States, and wintering in Central America and northern South America.

American Redstarts eat a diet of mostly insects. They sometimes eat small fruits. These lovely little warblers are named for the bright orange patches on the sides of the male bird's tail.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 18 October 2012
Scientific Name Setophaga ruticilla
  • Passeriformes
  • Parulidae
  • Setophaga
  • S. ruticilla
Birdorable Family Warblers & Whatnots
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 15 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
4.3 to 5.1 inches
6.3 to 7.5 inches
.2 to .3 ounces
Range North America Central America Caribbean South America United States (West) United States (East)

International Names

  • Mariquita-de-rabo-vermelho (Brazilian)
  • 橙尾鸲莺 (Chinese)
  • lesňáček lejskovitý (Czech)
  • Amerikansk Ildstjert (Danish)
  • Amerikaanse Roodstaart (Dutch)
  • loistokerttuli (Finnish)
  • Paruline flamboyante (French)
  • Schnäpperwaldsänger (German)
  • Codirosso americano (Italian)
  • ハゴロモムシクイ (hagoromomushikui) (Japanese)
  • Rødstjertparula (Norwegian)
  • lasówka szkarlatna (Polish)
  • Американская горихвостка (Russian)
  • Chipe Rey Americano (Spanish)
  • Rödstjärtsskogssångare (Swedish)

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