American Redstart x ? hybrid (Setophaga ruticilla x ?), Dean and Beloat Riparian Area, Maricopa County
This American Redstart hybrid was
found and photographed by Caleb Strand on 13 August 2015
The overall aspect of this bird is of an American
Redstart, with yellow base of the tail and on the
sides/flanks, and a gray head. It also behaved like a
typical American Redstart. However, the black and yellow
on the breast and white wing-bars are unlike an American
Redstart and suggest that this is a hybrid. Magnolia
Warbler is one possibility, having a black breast-band
and yellow underparts along with white in the wings.
However, traits can express in unexpected ways in hybrid
birds, and we likely can't tell for certain what the
other parent is.
13 August 2015, photo by Caleb StrandAll photos are copyrighted© by photographer
Submitted on 06 November 2016