July 16, 2014

A black winged red bird.

As compared to a red winged black bird.

We had scarlet tanagers passing through earlier in the spring and, as usual I was captivated by their intense colour.
This is a bird that should make you do a double take.

Piranga olivacea

On the wintering grounds in South America the Scarlet Tanager joins mixed species foraging flocks with flycatchers, antbirds, woodcreepers, and resident tropical tanagers.

The female Scarlet Tanager sings a song similar to the male's, but softer, shorter, and less harsh. She sings in answer to the male's song and while she is gathering nesting material.

source- Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

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