Scarlet Tanager—Flame of Spring



How to Identify a Scarlet Tanager

Steps

By Appearance

  1. Learn how scarlet tanagers look in spring and summer.The male is bright scarlet with a black tail and wings, while the female is yellow-green, particularly near the throat, with pale green edges on the wings.
    • Immature (not fully developed) scarlet tanagers have a big resemblance to the females in spring and summer.
    • You may see a small distinctive fleck of yellow on a male scarlet tanager's wings.
  2. Look out for paler coloured scarlet tanagers in winter.The female turns a pale green and the male has a paler scarlet-coloured body.
    • On females, look out for paler wing bars, particularly the green edges of the wings. They will appear almost pale yellow.
    • Scarlet tanagers will maintain their black wings and tail, although they might appear a little more brown in poor light.
  3. Look for a 16-19 cm long bird.They are very small, in between the size of a sparrow and a robin.
    • If you are looking at a bird in flight, their wingspan ranges from about 25-35 cm.

By Habitat

  1. Look out for scarlet tanagers in the middle to upper canopy of trees.They prefer being high up in the trees, and you won't usually see one near the ground.
    • The middle to upper canopy of trees means the middle to the top of a tree.
    • Scarlet tanagers will usually sing while sitting in trees.
  2. Look out for scarlet tanagers in deciduous forests.It is their preferred habitat where they will feed on insects and fruit.
    • Scarlet tanagers will sometimes live in second growth forests and riparian corridors.
  3. Look out for gardens or backyards that have tried to attract scarlet tanagers.You can do this by leaving out orange halves.
    • Scarlet tanagers won't always feed on food that you put out, because they can hunt for themselves. In winter, you are more likely to get one pecking at your bird feeder.
    • Another way to attract scarlet tanagers in to plant shrubs and have tall trees for them to nest in.

By Sound

  1. Listen out for achip-chursong.It is a distinctive call and will alert you to its appearance in the trees above you.
    • The song will sound hoarse and burry instead of the usual high pitched bird song.
  2. Listen for a frequently uttered song.The scarlet tanagers will keep singingchip churrfor long periods of time.





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