Scarlet Tanager
Piranga olivacea


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Field Marks

Adult male:

  • Brilliant scarlet red plumage
  • Shiny black wings and tail
  • Plumage held in Spring and Summer

Adult female:

  • Yellow underparts
  • Olive back
  • Gray wings and tail with greenish feather edges
  • Basic and immature plumages similar to female but males often have blacker wings and tails


Scarlet Tanagers inhabit deciduous forests, pine-oak woodlands, parks, and suburban areas with large trees.


Common during spring and fall migration.  Scarlet Tanagers are also uncommon summer residents in the Metro Atlanta area.