A lively warbler that hops among tree branches in search of insects, the male American Redstart is coal-black with vivid orange patches on the sides, wings, and tail. True to its Halloween-themed color scheme, the redstart seems to startle its prey out of the foliage by flashing its strikingly patterned tail and wing feathers. Females and immature males have more subdued yellow “flash. FUN FACTS ABOUT AMERICAN REDSTARTS. APPEARANCE: Adult male American Redstarts are mostly black. They have red patches on their sides, wings and tails. The belly of the adult male is white. Females and immature males of the American Redstart family have yellow-orange instead of red on their sides, wings and tales.
Nov 21, · One of our most recognizable wood warblers, the eye-catching American Redstart is named for the male's vivid reddish-orange tail patches; "start" is an old English word for tail. In Latin America, this redstart is often called candelita, or "little torch." American Redstarts: Where They Winter. Nov 13, · Males perform a frequent boundary display flight toward rivals, with stiffened wingbeats and a glide back to the original perch in a semicircle. Male displays to female during courtship by fluffing plumage, raising crown feathers, spreading wings and tail, and bowing.
May 03, · Older adult male American Redstarts are characteristically more aggressive, which is reflected in their aggressive defense of their territories. Description: American redstart adult male upperparts are black, with bright orange patches in the tail and wings. Underparts are white with orange patches on the sides of the breast. The female's pattern is similar, swapping drab olive-gray for the black, and yellow for the orange.