Scarlet Tanager

Scarlet Tanager (Male)

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Scarlet Tanager (Female)

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Piranga olivacea
Thraupidae (tanagers) in the order Passeriformes

Adult male upperparts are brilliant scarlet, with black wings and tail. Underparts are scarlet. Female is yellow below and olive above, with grayish wings and tail. The bill is smaller than that of the closely related summer tanager. In late summer, males molt to a female-like plumage. During the molting process they are blotched with scarlet and yellow olive. The song is robinlike but very burry: "zerreet-zeerer-zerruu" or "queret-querer-queer-queret." The call is a distinctive "CHIP-burr."

Length: 7 inches (tip of bill to tip of tail).
Habitat and conservation: 
During summer, scarlet tanagers are usually seen foraging in the canopy of oak-hickory forests and in large shade trees of the eastern U.S. and southern Canada. They winter from Panama south to Bolivia, foraging in tall trees of mountain forests. Breeding scarlet tanagers in Missouri are associated with oaks in upper slopes and ridges of mature forest.
Forages on insects and berries in forests, woodlands, and parks where there are mature trees.
Distribution in Missouri: 
Common transient (migrant); uncommon summer resident.
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