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American Redstart

The American redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) is one of the most abundant forest birds. Its success can be tied directly to its favorite habitat—second-growth forests—the 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 markings—like the female—for the first year.

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