BirdNote: Tanagers - Coffee Birds
05/12/12 8:57AM  Download MP3
This Scarlet Tanager (R), its cousin the Western Tanager (L), and your latte have a connection.
Much of the birds' prime wintering habitat has been turned into coffee plantations.
When shade-giving trees are cut down to grow coffee in direct sunlight, the Tanagers' winter habitat is also removed.
Plantations that grow coffee under a tall canopy of trees provide Tanagers a place to thrive in their winter home.