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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Bright red bird with black wings

Scarlet Tanager Piranga olivacea
Scarlet Tanager Male

Description: Breeding male is bright red with black wings and tail and a pale bill. Fall male is patchy red and olive green with black wings. The female is olive green with brownish olive wings and tail edged in green.

General: There are over 200 tanagers species that come in every color of the rainbow. The Scarlet Tanager is the only tanager that nests routinely in Michigan. They are found mainly in mature deciduous forests with hemlock and pine. They can also be found in younger deciduous forests and sometimes in heavily wooded suburban areas from late April to late September. They winter in northern and western South America, in Panama and as far south as Bolivia.
Scarlet Tanager Female
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Behavior: The song of the Scarlet Tanager has been compared to that of a “robin with a sore throat.” They glean insects from the tree canopy and have been recorded eating over 2,000 gypsy moth caterpillars in an hour. They will also eat fruit and berries when seasonally available. A group of tanagers are collectively known as a "season" of tanagers.


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8 comments:

Anonymous said...

We have pair in our yard.Is there any way to keep them ie bird seed or a particular type of nesting material? We just moved into this house and are so excited although we have lived in MIchigan our whole lives we have never seen this bird until yesterday.

Anonymous said...

I found a male red tanger here in Anapolis Maryland. Is this unusual?

Anonymous said...

I live in Michigan. I seen one today. Very beautiful bird.

Dorathy said...

Saw this beautiful bird this morning in our shurbs. Absolutely gorgeous
We live in Glenview, IL

Anonymous said...

Spotted a male at mile marker 127 on the GAP bike trail, east of Pittsburgh!

Anonymous said...

We live in southern New Jersey and we have a pair

Anonymous said...

July 21 2016 we have the scarlet tanager in our back yard in Wakefield NH

Anonymous said...

I just saw this awesome bird this morning while in Tucson, Az. It is Feb. 3rd. Wonder if he got lost. Truly beautiful, and so striking.