BIRD OF THE WEEK — SCARLET TANAGER — PLANET EARTH BIRD WORLD group

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SCARLET TANAGER

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Piranga olivacea
POPULATION: 2.7 million
TREND: Stable
HABITAT: Breeds in deciduous and mixed deciduous-evergreen forests; winters in forests and forest edges

In spring plumage, the male Scarlet Tanager’s beauty comes close to rivaling showy tropical birds like the Green-headed Tanager and Gilt-edged Tanager. Unlike these South American residents, the Scarlet Tanager is a migratory bird that travels long distances between breeding and wintering grounds.

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