The darker the color, the more favorable the climate conditions are for survival. The outlined areas represent approximate current range for each season. More on reading these maps.
A chick-burr robin-like note of this species’ song signals the spring arrival of this flashy species in the deciduous forests of eastern North America. Like the other members of the genus Piranga, the Scarlet Tanager isn’t really a tropical tanager, but rather, a relative of birds like the Northern Cardinal and the Black-headed Grosbeak. Audubon's climate model projects a major (93 percent) shift in the current summer range and a 26 percent decline in total suitable climate-space. A portion of the “new” suitable space is in the west, where this bird may face stiff competition from its western counterpart, the Western Tanager. As a result, the future may be grimmer for the Scarlet Tanager than depicted by the model. Scarlet Tanagers winter in South America.