Western Tanager

Other Names: none

Distribution: western North America, south through Central America in winter.

Western Tanager distribution range map

Description:

Size: 16-19 cm in length with a 28-30 cm wingspan.

Plumage: Adult males have a brilliant red head and bright yellow body, with a black back, wings, and tail. They have two wing bars; the uppermost bar is yellow and the lower one is white. Females are yellow-green above and yellow below with wing bars similar to the male's. The beak is yellowish-gray and the legs and eyes are black.

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Western Tanager

Western Tanager

Bill Shape
all-purpose
Eats
apple-slices
fruit
millet
peanut-kernels
safflower
suet
Regions
alabama
alaska
alberta
arizona
arkansas
baja california
british columbia
california
colorado
connecticut
cuba
delaware
florida
georgia
idaho
illinois
indiana
iowa
kansas
labrador
louisiana
maine
manitoba
maryland
massachusetts
mexico
michigan
minnesota
mississippi
missouri
montana
nebraska
nevada
new brunswick
new foundland
new hampshire
new jersey
new mexico
new york
north carolina
north dakota
northwest territories
nova scotia
nunavut
ohio
oklahoma
ontario
oregon
pennsylvania
quebec
rhodeisland
saskatchewan
south carolina
south dakota
tennessee
texas
utah
vermont
virginia
washington
west virginia
wisconsin
wyoming
yukon
Tail Shape
fan-shaped-tail
Wing Shape
rounded-wings
Action
flying
swimming
walking
Behavior
flocks
Markings
bold
plain
tailbands
Sounds
chirping
soft
Location
high flying
low flying
ground dwelling
Habitat
fir forest
mesquitebosque
oakpinewoodland
riparianorriverforest
flats
Forests
Urban
Marshes
Color
black
brown
yellow
Body Shape
necklong
perching
Size
large
small
Order
tanagers - thraupidae
perching birds or songbirds - passeriformes
cardinals and grosbeaks - cardinalidae
Conservation Status
Least Concern
Bird Species