Scarlet Tanager

Photo by Jean Chamberlain
May 30, 2022
Butner Road

Photo by Jean Chamberlain
October 22, 2020

Piranga olivacea

Mnemonic description of song

querit, queer, queery, querit, queer

What do we know about scarlet tanager song?


Songs vary among individuals
Sing different combinations of about 10 syllables (Shy 1984c)
Song composed of up to 6-7 syllables (Shy 1984c)
Combines songs, sings syllables in many sequences, intersperses calls with songs (Prescott 1965b cited in Mowbray 2020), Shy 1984c)
Sings throughout the day, starts early, ends late (Wright 1913)


Countersings (Prescott 1965b cited in Mowbray 2020)
No dialects (Shy 1984c )


Sing similar, but shorter and softer song than males (Prescott 1965b cited in Mowbray 2020)
Duets with mate (Prescott 1965b cited in Mowbray 2020)

How and when is song acquired?

No studies done on song development, but likely establish song when one year old (Shy 1984c)

How can we facilitate learning?


Mowbray, T. B. (2020). Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (A. F. Poole and F. B. Gill, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.

Prescott, K. W. (1965b). The Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea). N.J. State Mus. Invest. 2.

Shy, E. (1984c). The structure of song and its geographical variation in the Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea). American Midland Naturalist 112:119-130.

Wright, H. W. (1913). Morning awakening and even-song. Auk 30:512-537.