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  Mixed Molt Male

Published: September 05, 2019
Tags: General Observations, scarlet tanager

I thought I'd post this interesting bird.  Many of you may know that the male Scarlet Tanager loses his brilliant, deep red plumage when breeding season is over.  He changes to their basic plumage, which strongly resembles the yellow female Scarlet Tanager.

Tonight, I just happened to catch a view of this molting male in my yard and I thought I'd share just how "funny" they can look as they lose that gorgeous red.

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Male Scarlet Tanager - showing us his mixed colors

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And another view...

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