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American redstart

Setophaga ruticilla

Description:

The breeding males are unmistakable, jet black above apart from large orange-red patches on their wings and tails. Their breast sides are also orange, with the rest of their under parts colored white. These birds have been observed flashing the orange and yellow of their tails, on and off, to startle and chase insects from the underbrush.

Habitat:

Mason Farm Biological Reserve

Notes:

My first spotting of this bird!

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4 Comments

Maria dB
Maria dB 8 years ago

Thanks for your nice comments, Gerardo, Jacob, Rieko and Jerry! It was indeed difficult to get good shots as it was pretty hidden in the foliage, but I knew it wasn't a bird I had seen before so I maneuvered around to get the best shots I could manage.

RiekoS
RiekoS 8 years ago

Very nice.

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 8 years ago

Spectacular bird!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 8 years ago

Another great series :)

Maria dB
Spotted by
Maria dB

Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA

Spotted on Apr 21, 2013
Submitted on Apr 27, 2013

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