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Orange Scarlet Tanager?

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This Scarlet Tanager doesn't have the deep , scarlet coloration of a typical scarlet tanager but appears to be more orange. I read that there is an orange variant of this species but most images show a very distinct orange coloration, this bird seems to fall somewhere in between. Would you ID this one as an orange variant?

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Thanks Charlie, you're probably right but most scarlets I've photographed looked like this, maybe it's just a little lighter but it was orange enough to get me to do some research on it.

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There can be variation between individual birds, and light can play a huge role in how colors actually look. The red color in birds is generally from pigments found in plants called carotenoids, so the diet of each individual bird can also play a role.

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