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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J Pipek


What a beauty!

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Bill Reynolds


Male Scarlet Tanager

First time ever to be able to watch a Scarlet Tanager in the wild! Ok not the wild, but in the backyard. He is a handsome fellow.

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Dan W. Andree


They nest in these areas. Particularly areas that have large mature oaks and other mature deciduous trees. Have seen and filmed both male and female in these woodlands and a male molting in summer turning more like the female in color.

They arrive around mid-May to a little later in May and are gone by late Aug. I am sending a photo of an adult male I photographed this past Spring. I have seen them in mid-July-Aug. in the same region as well. That is how I know they are staying and not just passing through during migration. I re-sized the photo much smaller than the original. They are a beautiful bird.

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Adult male

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K Justice


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

  Scarlet Tanager    

Wayne Rasmussen


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  Male & Female Scarlet Tanager.
Dan W. Andree
 
   
 
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Published on Feb 18, 2015

A brief look at the adult male and female Scarlet Tanager I filmed in Northwestern Minnesota. Note the interesting tic burr sound of the adult male.

 
     
  Scarlet Tanagers filmed by Dan W. Andree
Dan W. Andree
 
   
 
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Published on Feb 18, 2015

A brief introduction to the Scarlet Tanagers in their natural woodland habitat. The male makes an interesting kind of tic burr sound and also sings in kind of a raspy tone. A bird not as easy to come across in some areas as they prefer large tracts of woodlands. I am always surprised when I come across an adult male in spring. It almost looks like some kind tropical bird.

 
     
     
     

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  Scarlet Tanager in Maine
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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
Lang Elliott
 
   
 
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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.

© 2010 Lang Elliott
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  Preening Scarlet Tanager
Mike McDowell
 
   
 
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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.

 
     
  Piranga olivacea = SCARLET TANAGER
Rob Curtis
 
   
 
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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..

Image gallery:
http://www.theearlybirder.com/tanager/scrl_tan/index.htm

 
     
  Scarlet Tanager in HD Minnesota
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Published on May 22, 2013

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J Pipek
5/21/2018

Location: Detroit Lakes, MN

What a beauty!

Scarlet Tanager


Bill Reynolds
5/20/2018

Location: Pennington Co. MN

First time ever to be able to watch a Scarlet Tanager in the wild! Ok not the wild, but in the backyard. He is a handsome fellow.

Scarlet Tanager


Dan W. Andree
6/2/2017

Location: Norman County, Mn.  Woodlands along the Wild Rice River and a tributary of the Wild Rice River.

They nest in these areas. Particularly areas that have large mature oaks and other mature deciduous trees. Have seen and filmed both male and female in these woodlands and a male molting in summer turning more like the female in color.

They arrive around mid-May to a little later in May and are gone by late Aug. I am sending a photo of an adult male I photographed this past Spring. I have seen them in mid-July-Aug. in the same region as well. That is how I know they are staying and not just passing through during migration. I re-sized the photo much smaller than the original. They are a beautiful bird.

Scarlet Tanager


Dan W. Andree
6/2/2017

Location: Norman County, Mn. mature woodlands near a tributary to the Wild Rice River.

Adult male

Scarlet Tanager


erjurgenson
5/21/2017

Location: akeley mn

Two in our front yard


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.

Scarlet Tanager


Wayne Rasmussen
5/30/2016

Location: Nerstrand Big Woods State Park

Scarlet-tanager at Big Woods

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