Scarlet Tanager

Physical Traits

The male Scarlet Tanager is a bright brilliant red color with black wings and tail. The female is yellow with olive-green wings.


Scarlet Tanagers can be found in forests and are normally found high in the treetops. They prefer plenty of mature oaks. Occasionally they will nest in smaller woodlands. A sighting in a backyard without heavy tree population is unlikely.

Recommended Feeders

Feeder Tips

Scarlet Tanagers are mainly insect eaters and can be found at berry bushes. They are not likely to visit backyard feeders. If on the off chance they did, a mix with fruit would be recommended. As they migrate to their breeding grounds those who live on the Gulf Coast may spot them in their backyard. They are drawn to berry plants, such as chokecherries, blueberries and mulberries.

States and Regions Found

Eastern United States and in the fall they migrate to South America.