Most occurrences in deciduous forests in Southeast Alaska (Armstrong 2008). In northern and western part of range, inhabits moist, deciduous, second growth and mature woodlands with abundant shrubs and often near water (Baker 1944, Bent 1953, Hamel et al. 1982, De Graaf 1985, Peck and James 1987, Sallabanks 1993, Hunt 1996). Also occurs in alder and willow thickets, second-growth woodlands, thickets in treefall gaps in old- growth, orchards, and mixed forests (Sherry and Holmes 1997). Prefers willow and alder thickets, riparian woodlands, and coniferous woodlands in the west (Sallabanks 1993).
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DeGraaf, R. M. 1985. Breeding bird assemblages in New England northern hardwoods. Pages 5-22 in R. J. Regan and D. E. Capen (editors). Conference Proceedings: The impact of timber management practices on nongame birds in Vermont. Montpellier, Vermont.
Hamel, P. B., H. E. LeGrand Jr., M. R. Lennartz, and S. A. Gauthreaux, Jr. 1982. Bird-habitat relationships on southeastern forest lands. USFS General Technical Report SE-22.
Hunt, P. D. 1996. Habitat selection by American Redstarts along a successional gradient in northern hardwoods forest: evaluation of habitat quality. Auk 113:875-888.
Peck, G.K., and R.D. James. 1987. Breeding birds of Ontario: nidiology and distribution, volume 2. Passerines. Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Ontario.
Sallabanks, R. 1993. Setophaga ruticilla (American Redstart). Element Stewardship Abstract Report. The Nature Conservancy, Conservation Science Division, in association with the Network of Natural Heritage Programs and Conservation Data Centers, Arlington, VA.
Sherry, T.W., and R.T. Holmes. 1997. American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla). In The Birds of North America, No. 277 (A. Poole and F. Gill, Eds.). Philadelphia: The Academy of Natural Sciences; Washington, D.C.: The American Ornithologists’ Union.