Flaming Feathers: Discovering the Scarlet Tanager’s Vibrant Beauty

Male Scarlet Tanagers are easily recognizable with their stunning red plumage and black wings and tail, while females and nonbreeding males have a more subdued yellow-olive coloration with darker wings, which are blacker on males and grayer on females. One can distinguish them from female Summer Tanagers by their shorter bills and more pronounced contrast between wing and body color. These birds breed in mature deciduous forests, typically staying high up in the canopy, and migrants can be found in similar habitats. During winters, they can be spotted in parts of northern South America. On occasion, they visit feeders in the spring, particularly after rainy or cold periods. Their song is characterized by a burry quality, resembling that of an American Robin with a sore throat.

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