Adult scarlet tanagers are eaten by birds of prey, including Otus asio, Asio otus, Asio flammeus and Falco columbarius. Eggs and nestlings are eaten by Cyanocitta cristata, Quiscalus, Corvus brachyrhynchos, Sciuridae, Tamias, and Serpentes.
When most predators come near, scarlet tanagers mob them. They dive and swoop at the predator while calling at them. However, when American crows and merlins come near, scarlet tanagers act differently. Instead of attacking crows and merlins, scarlet tanagers hide from them.
- eastern screech owls (Otus_asio)
- long-eared owls (Asio_otus)
- short-eared owls (Asio_flammeus)
- merlins (Falco_columbarius)
- blue jays (Cyanocitta_cristata)
- grackles (Quiscalus)
- American crows (Corvus_brachyrhynchos)
- tree squirrels (Sciurus)
- chipmunks (Tamias)
- snakes (Serpentes)
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