scarlet tanager


: a common American tanager (Piranga olivacea) with the male having scarlet plumage and black wings during the breeding season and the female having chiefly olive plumage

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Such species include the scarlet tanager, purple martin and Baltimore oriole. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 14 May 2022 In the next sixty years, the range of one songbird, the scarlet tanager, will likely move north almost a thousand miles, into central Canada. Kathryn Schulz, The New Yorker, 29 Mar. 2021 The top-seeded northern cardinal, which incidentally enjoys seeds very much, recently defeated the No. 4 scarlet tanager in a 73-20 first round blowout in the tourney’s Red Regional. Paul Eisenberg,, 21 Mar. 2021 Other species, like the scarlet tanager, molt twice per year and regularly appear yellowish in the fall and winter and red in the summer. Dennis Pillion |, al, 12 Mar. 2021 Julio Cortez/Associated Press The adult male scarlet tanager is a medium-size songbird with glaring crimson feathers and jet-black wings. Jacey Fortin, New York Times, 29 May 2020 For example, the scarlet tanager — known for its contrasting bright red body and black wings — could lose a third of its habitat if global temperatures warm by 1.5 degrees Celsius and twice that at 3 degrees of warming, Audubon’s modeling found. Scott Dance,, 11 Oct. 2019 Once a month, groups of 20 to 30 students tromp through nearby fields at 7:30 a.m., before class, hoping to spot a woodpecker, oriole or scarlet tanager with binoculars supplied by the Harford Bird Club. Mike Klingaman,, 20 Aug. 2019 Hello, scarlet tanagers, and welcome back to another edition of This Week in Timothée Chalamet. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, 30 Nov. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1810, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of scarlet tanager was in 1810

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“Scarlet tanager.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

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scarlet tanager


: an American tanager of which the male is scarlet with black wings during the breeding season and the female is olive

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