How to Attract Scarlet Tanager

How to Attract Scarlet Tanager

BE AWARE THAT HABITAT TYPE MORE THAN ANY OTHER FACTOR, WILL IN MOST CASES, DICTATE THE SPECIES OF BIRD THAT VISIT YOUR PROPERTY. 

Overview

Identification:

  • Medium-sized bird

  • Male: scarlet red with black wings

  • Female: dull yellow-green with gray-black wings

Habitat:

  • Spring/Summer (Breeding Range): deciduous forest, mixed forest - note Oak appears to be favorite tree

  • Migration: sometimes found in backyards with or near large lot of trees

  • Winter: South America

Eating Habits:

  • Spring/Summer: insects (favors large-bodied insects)

  • Late Summer/Fall: insects, fruit

  • Migration: Platform Feeder: fresh fruit, mealworms, Suet

Description: A stunning bird that looks like it belongs in the rainforest, the Scarlet Tanager is actually quite common in eastern forests over the spring and summer. The Scarlet Tanager is a medium-sized bird, the male is scarlet red with black wings, the female is dull green-yellow with black wings. Their spring and summer diet consists entirely of insects, so promoting an insect friendly property may help with attraction – especially if you live on or near a mature deciduous forest. In late summer and during fall migration Scarlet Tanager will also eat wild berries, so adding berry producing shrubs or trees (especially Red Mulberry) to your property may further entice this bird over for a visit. Scarlet Tanager may visit platform feeders during spring migration, where they prefer Halved Oranges, Raisins, and Mealworms. When it comes to nesting the Scarlet Tanager usually chooses a concealed spot in a large deciduous tree, Oak appears to be their preferred spot but they also find Maple, Beech, and Eastern Hemlock suitable. The Scarlet Tanager will visit birdbaths.

Top Ways to Attract Scarlet Tanager

Mature Forest Habitat    Insect-Friendly Yard     Oak Tree     Red Mulberry     Birdbath

Trees & Shrubs that Attract Scarlet Tanager

American Elderberry (Fruit)     Ash (Insects)     Beech (Insects, Nesting)     Blackgum (Fruit)     Eastern Hemlock (Nesting)     

Hickory (Insects)     Maple (Insects, Nesting)     Oak (Insects, Nesting)     Red Mulberry (Fruit)     Wild Cherry (Fruit, Insects)

Flowers & Vines That Attract Scarlet Tanager

Virginia Creeper (Fruit)     Wild Blueberry (Fruit)     Wild Grape (Fruit)

Attracting Scarlet Tanager at the Bird Feeder

Feeder Type:    Fruit Feeder    Platform     Suet Feeder

Feed Type:     Fresh Fruit     Mealworms     Suet