Age-specific differences in habitat selection by the American Redstart

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) Science Article 8


The American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) is unusual among parulids becausemales retain immature plumage until after the first breeding season. On the basisof this character, age-specific differences in habitat occupation have been reported(Ficken and Ficken 1967, Wilson Bull. 79: 188). In 1969 I sampled some redstarthabitats near Pellston, Michigan. The age-specific differences I found in the habitats were not the same preferences the Fickens noted. The present report may be a useful step toward describing the habitats redstarts use across their entire range as a species

HENRY F. HOWE, The AUK, 91, 161-162

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