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Gorgeous Plumage Of Flaming Red And Jet Black, This Tanager Shines Brightly In Nature

There are many exotic birds that have feathers of gorgeous colors. The plumage makes these creatures shine brightly in the world of birds. Sometimes, there is no need to have multi colors to be beautiful. Two basic colors can afford this. They look ordinary but still striking. Simple is the best!

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This is the case of the scarlet tanager (Piranga olivacea). This American songbird wears a stunning coat of flaming red and jet black, making it conspicuous whenever it turns up.

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As you can see, the male of this species is covered in brilliant scarlet, except for the wings and tails. These parts are in black color, creating a stunning contrast for its plumage.

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Noticeably, this suit only appears at certain times of the year! They put on a more drab one of olive-yellow in fall.

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You can see its gorgeous suit in the video below!

Like many other birds, female scarlet tanagers are duller than males with dull olive plumage.

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These birds are migrants. They fly into South America, arriving in the United States through April, and move
into the northern U.S. and Canada by early to mid-May.

They prefer living in Nearctic woodlands during the breeding season. But they sometimes occupy mixed woods, coppice, and orchards.

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This manager feeds mainly on insects like beetles, butterflies, moths, grasshoppers, and locusts caught on wings. When the food is scarce, they also eat fruit and berries.

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During the breeding season (from May through to August), the male shows off his red back to attract the female. After finding a mate, she builds her shallow, saucer-shaped nest at a height of 2-25 meters above the ground. She uses a lot of materials to make the nest, including twigs, rootlets, coarse grass, weed stems, fine grasses and pine needles.

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She then lays up to 5 eggs in her nest and incubates them for 13-13 days. She continues to feed the hatchlings until they are fully-fledged, 9-15 days. Noticeably, the male joins the female in this period.

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