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Scarlet Tanager Piranga olivacea Camden State Park Minnesota May 18, 2016

Updated on May 20, 2016

Faith and I went for a hike at Camden State Park. We were searching for the Rose Breasted Grosbeak but we didn't find it this day. Instead we got some great video of what I think is a Scarlet Tanager. I hope you enjoy the video and some information from the Sibley Bird Book below. The video is funny because you can hear children screaming in the background :D

Scarlet Tanager

Piranga olivacea

The Western Tanager and Scarlet Tanager are two species of small tanagers that are closely related but are usually easily distinguished by plumage and voice. Both are found in a variety of wooded habitats.

Slightly short-tailed than Western; uniform green upperside unlike Western and Summer.

Voice: Song of about five phrases in fairly rapid, continuous series; pattern reminiscent of American Robin but phrases hoarse, notes more slurred. Call a hard chik-brrr; may give single or double chik note without brr. Flight call a clear whistle puwi.

Occasional individuals are orange and/or show colored median coverts.

Works Cited

Sibley, D. A. The Sibley Guide to Birds. New York City: Chanticleer Press, Inc. (2000): 463.


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