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|Species: Piranga olivacea|
Breeding males are bright, scarlet red with black wings and tail. Females and nonbreeding males are a dusty yellow with slightly darker wings.
Adults are 7" long with a 12" wingspan.
Habitat & Range
Scarlet tanagers live in forest canopies.
Their breeding range reaches throughout the northeastern and midwestern United States, and as far south as northern Georgia. They migrate south and live in northeastern South America outside of the breeding season.
Scarlet tanagers primarily feed on insects.
Their song is a hoarse, robin-like whistle or descending “chik-burr.”
Scarlet tanagers nest in trees, well away from the trunk.
Featured image by Dominic Sherony.