Behold the male Scarlet Tanager, one of the most brilliantly colorful birds seen in Central Park during spring migration. If you see a group of birders looking up at the treetops, ooh-ing and aah-ing each time they catch a glimpse as if they were watching a fireworks display, join them and you might see a Scarlet Tanager flitting around, dazzling the crowd.
The bright red color is sufficiently visible so that you won’t even need binoculars to spot one. Sadly, after breeding, the male molts and more closely resembles the somewhat drab, olive-yellow female, but with darker wings and tail.
The Scarlet Tanager sometimes also lurks at eye level in densely wooded areas eating fruit, but is most often found high up in tulip trees, eating blooms and insects.