Scarlet Tanagers are a very brightly colored bird of forests and
woodlands in the eastern part of the state. Scarlet Tanagers, like the
other Tanagers found in the state, are long distance migrants, wintering in
South America. The brilliantly plumaged summer male undergoes a molt to
the same olive green color as the female, although it retains the black colored
wings in all plumages.
Habitat: Forests and woodlands,
preferably large unbroken deciduous tracts. Seems especially fond of Oak
and Pine in many areas.
Diet: Primarily insects, with some worms, snails,
fruits, and berries.
Behavior: Primarily forages in tall trees, usually
relatively high in the canopy, but sometimes lower (especially in poor
weather). Will move slowly through foliage and branches in search of
insects, but will also sometimes hover and glean insects from the
vegetation, or will fly out to capture insects in mid-air.
Nesting: June and July
Migration: Summers in the
eastern half of the United States. Winters in South America.
Feeders: Will come for cut fruit, nectar, and baked
South Dakota "Hotspot": Newton Hills State Park in
Lincoln County is an excellent location to find Scarlet Tanagers in the
spring and summer.
Conservation Status: Requires large continuous
forest blocks for successful breeding. Probably in decline in highly
Cornell Lab of Ornithology - Scarlet Tanager
eNature.com - Scarlett Tanager
Photo Information: June 2007 - Newton Hills State
Park, South Dakota - Terry Sohl
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