Hepatic Tanager

Piranga flava

Hepatic Tanager, Piranga flava, photo © by Michael Plagens

Female. Madera Canyon, Sta. Rita Mts., Arizona. 20 May 2012.

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Female tanagers have plumage that allows for better concealment in the brightly lit canopy of the woodlands where it searches for insects and fruit. Males on the other hand are mostly red; red that is slightly brownish and therefore resembling liver-color. The bill is dark and there is a slightly darker patch on the sides of the face. In Arizona's sycamore woodland hepatic tanager tends to be found at the the higher elevations where conifers are beginning to dominate. Summer resident breeders and migration to the tropics from November until April.

Thraupidae -- Tanager Family

More Information:

Arizona Naturalist
Sycamore Canyons
The Fauna of Arizona's Sycamore Canyons


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