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    Scarlet Tanager Identification

    The Four Keys to ID

    • Size & Shape

      Scarlet Tanagers are medium-sized songbirds with fairly stocky proportions. They have thick, rounded bills suitable both for catching insects and eating fruit. The head is fairly large and the tail is somewhat short and broad.

      Relative Size

      Slightly smaller than a Northern Cardinal; larger than a Yellow Warbler.

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      Measurements
      • Both Sexes
        • Length: 6.3-6.7 in (16-17 cm)
        • Weight: 0.8-1.3 oz (23-38 g)
        • Wingspan: 9.8-11.4 in (25-29 cm)