Scarlet Tanager

Scarlet Tanager

Brilliant, high-canopy bird of summer.  Common in East in summer and migration; winters in South and Central America.  Medium, stocky, large-headed songbird with thick, rounded multipurpose bill; males are brilliant red with black wings; females yellow with brown wings.  Often hidden in upper canopy of undisturbed deciduous and mixed forest, but detected by bright red color and burry, run-on song; females sing softer version of song.  Primarily insectivorous in summer; eats fruit in migration and winter; attracted to native berry plants in yards.   Typically nests in high tree branch, away from trunk.  Lifespan up to 12 years.  Population ~ 2.2 million and stable.  

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January 24, 2015