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Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra)
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Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra)

General Description: Summer Tanagers (Piranga rubra) are medium-sized, sexually dimorphic songbirds. Males are bright red overall, although the wings may appear a bit darker. Females are yellowish-green above and dull yellowish below. The bill is yellowish or tan, but not dark as it is in Hepatic Tanagers.

Taxonomy: Passeriformes, Cardinalidae. Formerly Thraupidae.

Favored Habitat: Woodlands across the southern U.S. and south into northern South America.

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra)

Where to Find: Don't look for Summer Tanagers around Las Vegas. Rather, look for them in Arizona and places eastward across the southern U.S. However, this species shows up around Las Vegas from time to time, so keep an eye out for them during summer and fall.

Comments: Summer Tanagers eat bees and wasps.

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) Summer Tanagers male; notice the overall bright red color.
Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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