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About the Hepatic Tanager

Also known as: Lowland Hepatic Tanager, Red Tanager

The Hepatic Tanager is a medium-sized songbird of the Americas. They breed in the southwestern mountains of the United States and into parts of Mexico; birds found across much of east-central South America are year-round resident birds.

Hepatic Tanagers are brightly-colored birds. All birds have greyish flanks and cheeks, with a dark eye line. Males are red while females are yellow.

The word "hepatic" refers to the liver. Hepatic can also mean "liver-colored." The Hepatic Tanager is one of four tanager species found in the United States. The others are: Western Tanager, Summer Tanager, and Scarlet Tanager.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 11 October 2012
Scientific Name Piranga flava
  • Passeriformes
  • Cardinalidae
  • Piranga
  • P. flava
Birdorable Family Tanagers, Buntings & Cardinals
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 27 July 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
7.9 inches
12.6 inches
.8 to 1.7 ounces
Range North America Central America South America United States (West)

International Names

  • Sanhaçu-de-fogo (Brazilian)
  • 暗红丽唐纳雀 (Chinese)
  • tangara rumělková (Czech)
  • Ildtangar (Danish)
  • Laaglandlevertangare (Dutch)
  • purppuratangara (Finnish)
  • Piranga orangé (French)
  • Zinnobertangare (German)
  • Piranga epatica (Italian)
  • レンガフウキンチョウ (rengafuukinchou) (Japanese)
  • Blodtanagar (Norwegian)
  • piranga cynobrowa (Polish)
  • Красная пиранга (Russian)
  • tangara roja piquioscura (Spanish)
  • Låglandstangara (Swedish)

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