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Summer Tanager

Piranga rubra

Summer Tanager
copyright Herbert Clarke
Length: 8 in. (20 cm)
A tree top species in broad-leafed and riparian forests, this tanager only occasionally descends to lower levels of the foliage. It feeds on insects, especially bees and wasps, and on fruit. The nest is cup-shaped, made of grass and moss, and placed high on a horizontal branch. Unlike the other North American tanagers that take on the female's colors during the winter, adult male Summer Tanagers stay bright red all year round. The four-digit banding code is SUTA.
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Male
copyright Herbert Clarke

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Female
copyright Oliver Niehuis

Riparian / River forest
Riparian / River forest

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