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)