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.

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.

Where and 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.


Photos of this species with information about where, when the photo has been taken; camera, lens used and camera settings.

  • ile-saint-bernard

    Saturday, May 12, 2018

    NIKON D500
    300.0 mm f/4.0

    Focal Length 420mm
    Shutter Speed 1/640s
    Aperture f5.6
    ISO 250

  • Parc Pointe aux Prairies

    Saturday, May 13, 2017

    NIKON D500
    TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N

    Focal Length 280mm
    Shutter Speed 1/1250s
    Aperture f5.6
    ISO 1800

  • Park Mont Royal

    Sunday, May 11, 2014

    Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
    4.3-215.0 mm

    Focal Length 179mm
    Shutter Speed 1/1000s
    Aperture f6.5
    ISO 400