Scarlet Tanager (Male)

Scarlet tanager
Male scarlet tanager. Photo by Cheryl Anne.
AppearanceApproximately 6.5″ long, vibrant red face and body, tan beak, black wings, and short black tail. No crown. Females and juveniles are olive/yellow in color.
DietInsects in summer; fruit in fall/winter.
Feeder FoodScarlet tanagers are unlikely to visit feeders. However, you can attract them by planting berry-producing plants such as blackberries, raspberries, huckleberries, juneberries, serviceberries, mulberries, and strawberries.
HabitatThickly forested regions in the eastern US. Often spotted high in the treetops.
NestingA loosely constructed nest of grass, twigs, bark strips, pine needs, and other plant materials. The nest rests high in a deciduous tree out in the middle of a horizontal branch about 50′ up. 1 brood/season, 3-5 eggs/brood, eggs are green/blue with multicolored and shaded marks of brown, purple/red. Incubation is 12-14 days and the young fledge between 9-15 days.