About the Scarlet Tanager
name: Scarlet Tanager
Male Scarlet Tanagers are among the most striking birds in the world.
Malesâ€™ brilliant crimson body is accented by jet-black wings and tail.
Sexes are strongly dimorphic: females are nondescript olive green.
7 in. long; 11.5 in. wingspan; weighs about 1 ounce
Song is a series of raspy phrases that suggest an American Robin with a sore
throat. Distinctive call note: â€œChick-burr!â€
range: North Americaâ€™s eastern deciduous forest
range: Forests and forest edges from Panama south to Bolivia
insects, fruits, and berries
Nesting behavior: Nests high in tree
tops; 4 eggs; incubation 13-14 days; young leave nest at 9-15 days of age;
usually one brood per year