Scarlet Tanager

(Piranga olivacea)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

Scarlet Tanager

NatureServe

N5B - Secure Breeding

SNRB - Unranked Breeding

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Uncommon migrant and breeder in the Eastern Broadleaf Forest Province and Laurentian Mixed Forest Province. Uncommon to rare migrant in the Prairie Parkland Province.

Habitat

Mature deciduous forests and mixed forests.

Size

6¼ to 6¾ in length

9 to 117 16 wingspan

Photo by Wayne Rasmussen

Identification

 

 
Voice

Four or five raspy notes, described by some as “a robin with a sore throat.”

 
Similar
Species

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) has a prominent crown and a red bill. The male has a black mask and throat. The female is brownish-buff, not yellow.

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) male has red wings and tail, not black. The female has yellow wings, not olive.


Food

Insects, spiders snales, and earthworms; also seasonal berries.

 
Nesting

 

 
Migration

May to early October


Comments

Taxonomy
The genus Piranga was formerly placed in the tanager family Thraupidae. Mitochondrial DNA data from several studies between 1997 and 2007 show that the genus is more closely related to cardinals (family Cardinalidae).


Taxonomy

Order:

Passeriformes (perching birds)

 

Family:

Cardinalidae (cardinals)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

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First time we've had one visit our waterfalls in the back yard. They're very watchful so we couldn't get too close.

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Published on Jun 2, 2014

Found this male scarlet tanager on his territory early in the morning. They're definitely one of the toughest birds to expose for due to the bright red color. Pay no attention to the mud on his forehead! © 2014 Garth McElroy. www.featheredfotos.com

 
     
  Scarlet Tanager—Flame of Spring
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Uploaded on Apr 22, 2010

Here is a quickie edit of footage I got yesterday evening at Land Between the Lakes, Kentucky Not enough for a splendid portrait, but a good beginning. I am surprised at how good the footage looks where the background is white sky. Those would be throwaways in the still photography world.

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  Preening Scarlet Tanager
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Uploaded on May 19, 2009

A male Scarlet Tanager preens shortly after bathing in the creek at Pheasant Branch Conservancy on May 19th, 2009.

 
     
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Published on Jun 3, 2015

Piranga olivacea = SCARLET TANAGER, males and females feeding in maple tree, at Montrose Point in Chicago, 5/6/2015..

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Published on May 22, 2013

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Jim Breza
7/4/2016

Location: Winona, MN

I have seen them last and this year by our pond in the backyard. We are in a heavily wooded valley and they stand right out when they are at the water's edge.


K Justice
6/23/2016

Location: Elk River, MN

First time we've had one visit our waterfalls in the back yard. They're very watchful so we couldn't get too close.

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Wayne Rasmussen
5/30/2016

Location: Nerstrand Big Woods State Park

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