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Species: The Hepatic Tanager (Piranga flava) lives in the coniferous and coniferous mixed deciduous forests, found in the mid to higher elevation ranges of the mountains. In North America it can be seen along the Western States, bordering Mexico and the USA. Typically, it is an insect eater during the summer months, with a fondness for bees, hornets and wasp. But, it is not unusual to see these birds feeding on fruit, gathering around birdfeeders in the winter months.
Distinctions: Sexually dimorphic , the male has a dark red body, dark bill, grey to purplish grey auriculars and back, black edges showing on its wings and tail. The female has a grey back, yellow throat and breast, with grey flanks. The juvenile is similar in appearance to the female.
Voice: Not a bird which sing mellow lyrics, but is recognized by its signal call notes.
Nesting: Three to five bluish-green eggs, with brown markings. Nest built on a limb, positioned away from the trunk, constructed with small branches, twigs and other forest materials.
|B L||W W||W||Family||Latin Name|
|8" 20.3cm||12.5" 31.7cm||1.3 oz 36.8g||Cardinalidae||Piranga flava|
Distribution: Seen in mountainous areas, prefers coniferous type forest, or conifers mixed with oaks. Found from Western Texas, west into New Mexico, touching Southern Colorado, across the lower half of Arizona and Eastern California. Portions of the population lives year around in Northern Mexico.