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

Examples of scarlet tanager in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Bird House at the National Zoo is home to scarlet tanagers, indigo buntings and American yellow warblers. Jennie Rothenberg Gritz, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Sep. 2023 Some earlier-than-expected arrivals included a green heron in Wellfleet, a scarlet tanager in Eastham, a black-and-white warbler in Sandwich, and indigo buntings in Yarmouth and Orleans., 26 Apr. 2023 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

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Word History

First Known Use

1810, in the meaning defined above

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“Scarlet tanager.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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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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