Monday, May 15, 2017

American Redstart

This bird is a second-year, male American Restart. Elsewhere I have blogged about this warbler's plumage sequences. The fine “whiskers” around a redstart’s mouth may help catch the small arthropods that this warbler grabs from the air, or the bristles may protect the bird’s eyes from their prey, I found the orange wing stripe of this redstart to be stunning. American Redstarts are abundant, but suffer from habitat fragmentation and other forms of human urbanization. Gruson writes that the word redstart is a corruption of the Old German “rothstert,” meaning red-tail.

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