Perching

Western Tanager

Piranga ludoviciana
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Length: 7 in. (18 cm )
Usually high in dense conifer trees, this tanager can be hard to see on its breeding grounds. During migration through riparian areas and more open forest, it often moves in large but loose flocks. The nest is located high in a conifer out near the tip of a horizontal branch and made of twigs, moss and hair. Food is mainly insects and a few buds in the summer and fruits in the winter.

The four-digit banding code is WETA.

Female | Robert Shantz


Fir forest

Mesquite bosque

Oak-pine woodland

Riparian / River forest

Urban city
Bird Sound Type: Chirping
Sex of Bird: Male
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Bibliographic details:

  • Article: Western 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
  • Date accessed: December 10, 2018
  • Link: https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/western-tanager

APA Style

Dr. Biology. (2017, July 13). Western Tanager. ASU - Ask A Biologist. Retrieved December 10, 2018 from https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/western-tanager

American Psychological Association. For more info, see http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/10/

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Dr. Biology. "Western Tanager". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 13 July, 2017. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/western-tanager

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Dr. Biology. "Western Tanager". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 13 Jul 2017. ASU - Ask A Biologist, Web. 10 Dec 2018. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/western-tanager

Modern Language Association, 7th Ed. For more info, see http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/08/
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