Scarlet Tanager

Piranga olivacea

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Code 4

SCTA

Code 6

PIROLI

ITIS

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Scarlet Tanager has a large range, estimated globally at 2,600,000 square kilometers. Native to the Americas and nearby island nations, this bird prefers temperate, subtropical, or tropical forest ecosystems. The global population of this bird is estimated at 2,200,000 individuals and does not show signs of decline that would necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. For this reason, the current evaluation status of the Scarlet Tanager is Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Scarlet Tanager: Medium tanager with brilliant red body, black wings, tail. The only bird in North America with this unique plumage. Heavy bill is yellow-gray. Gray legs and feet. Winter male has dull green upperparts, yellow-green underparts, often interspersed with red during molt.


Range and Habitat

Scarlet Tanager: Breeds from extreme south-central to southeastern Canada to east-central U.S. across central Arkansas to North Carolina. Can be seen further south during migration. Spends winters in northwestern South American tropical forests. Found in deciduous forests, pine-oak woodlands, parks, and suburban areas with large trees.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"querit, queer, query, querit, queer", "chip-churr"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Scarlet Tanagers have been recorded eating over 2,000 gypsy moth caterpillars in an hour.
  • The song of the Scarlet Tanager has been compared to that of a “robin with a sore throat.”
  • They become noisy and swoop around most birds who prey on them, such as Blue Jays and Eastern Screech owls, however they remain still and quiet around Merlins and American Crows.
  • A group of tanagers are collectively known as a "season" of tanagers.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP

CERange Map for Scarlet Tanager

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Michael Oberhofer

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