Redstart can be found in moist deciduous woods with abundant shrubs
and they will often be seen in habitats that are near water.
They also like open second-growth woodlands.
American Redstarts breed in most of the United States and Canada,
but are not common on the West Coast. They are migratory and will
winter in Mexico, the West Indies to Brazil and northern Peru. Their primary food source is insects that they will find on trees
which include flies, wasps, beetles, caterpillars and adult moths.
They will also eat small berries and fruit as they become available in late summer.
They forage from the forest floor to the canopy and will capture
insects from trunks and leaves of trees and also on the wing.
Photo: M. Noonan