scarlet tanager (Piranga olivacea)
CONFIRMATION STATUS: Confirmed.
Length: 6.25 inches
Pointed, but fairly stout bill
Adult male alternate:
Brilliant scarlet red plumage
Shiny black wings and tail
Plumage held in spring and summer
Gray wings and tail with greenish feather edges
Basic and immature plumages similar to female but males often have blacker wings and tails
The male scarlet tanager is striking and easily identified. Male hepatic
and summer tanagers are entirely red. Female plumages can be told
from similar female summer tanager by plain yellow, not orange-yellow,
underparts. Female western tanager has wing bars. Female hepatic
tanager has more orange underparts and a darker cheek.
Migration Status: Neotropical migrant
Breeding Habitat: Woodland
Nest Location: Mid-story/canopy nesting
Nest Type: Open-cup
Clutch Size: 3-5
Length of Incubation: 13-14 days
Days to Fledge: 9-11
Number of Broods: 1
Diet: Primarily insects; lesser quantities of fruit
SKY MEADOWS DISTRIBUTION/SEASONAL OCCURRENCE
Relative abundance and seasonal occurrence are indicated in red below.
C - Common: Likely to be present in good numbers in appropriate habitat and season.
U - Uncommon: May be present in appropriate habitat and season, often in low
O - Occassional: Found in appropriate habitat perhaps only a few times per season,
sometimes low numbers.
R - Rare: May not be recorded every year.
Acc - Accidental: Recorded once or twice, may not be expected again for a long time.
Sp - Spring: March, April, May C
Su - Summer: June, July, August C
Fall: September, October, November U
Winter: December, January, February
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Sky Meadows Park
Crooked Run Valley