May 10, 2015

Scarlet Tanager

I think Scarlet tanagers are a stunning bird.  Bright red with black wings, simple but elegant.

Piranga olivacea

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.

The oldest Scarlet Tanager on record was nearly 12 years old.

source - Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

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