Summer Tanager

Piranga rubra
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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.

Male | Herbert Clarke

Female | Oliver Niehuis

Riparian / River forest
Bird Sound Type: Chirping
Sex of Bird: Male
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Bird Sound Type: Buzzing
Sex of Bird: Male
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  • Article: Summer Tanager
  • Author(s): Dr. Biology
  • Publisher: Arizona State University School of Life Sciences Ask A Biologist
  • Site name: ASU - Ask A Biologist
  • Date published: July 13, 2017
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