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 TanagerandGilt-edged Tanager. Unlike these South American residents, the Scarlet Tanager is a migratory bird that travels long distances between breeding and wintering grounds.
The Scarlet Tanager makes the journey between the eastern United States and lowland South American forests twice a year. During migration, the birds fly mostly at night, sometimes with other migratory birds such as theCerulean WarblerandWood Thrush.