Friday, December 30, 2016

Scarlet Tanager

I banded this Scarlet Tanager in Northfield on 12 September 2016. Notice the molting wing coverts. These tanagers molt into their basic, winter plumage from July through September. They do not, however acquire new regimes or rectrices (wing or tail) feathers. Males molt into their bright scarlet plumage beginning in January while they are in their tropical wintering grounds.

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