scarlet tanager


Definition of 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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "The Birds Are Not on Lockdown, and More People Are Watching Them," 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,, "Here’s how a report says climate change will harm Baltimore orioles and other birds in Maryland," 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,, "Harford youngsters’ interest in birding is piqued through programs in the county," 20 Aug. 2019 Hello, scarlet tanagers, and welcome back to another edition of This Week in Timothée Chalamet. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "The Last Two Weeks in Timothée Chalamet, November 30 Edition," 30 Nov. 2018 The perch the blue grosbeak occupied a moment earlier was now taken by a singing scarlet tanager. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, "Cowan’s Ford Wildlife Refuge is a perfect spot for leisurely birding | Charlotte Observer," 4 May 2018 The dawn chorus was productive, though, providing grasshopper sparrow, scarlet tanager, summer tanager and yellow-throated vireo, to name a few. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, "Goal for a Big Day: Count as many bird species as you can find | Charlotte Observer," 14 May 2018 Start at La Riviere Park, a 300-acre nature park fluttering with lark sparrows, Carolina wren and scarlet tanager. Travel Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Two Days to Explore / Prairie du Chien," 13 Apr. 2018 The site has many species of fish and birds, such as scarlet tanagers and wood thrushes. Grant Segall,, "Cleveland Metroparks grow again, now at South Chagrin Reservation (photos)," 15 Feb. 2018

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1810, in the meaning defined above

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