The American redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) is one of the most abundant forest birds. Its success can be tied directly to its favorite habitatsecond-growth foreststhe kind that covers most of North America. This wood warbler requires large tracts of unfragmented woodlands, so the Deerfield Ranger District is just about perfect. With his black body, orange markings, and white belly, the mature male is easiest to spot. However, he remains a duller olive brown with yellow markingslike the femalefor the first year.
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