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About the Summer Tanager

The Summer Tanager is a songbird that lives across the southern United States during breeding season and down into northern South America during the winter.

Male Summer Tanagers are red all over, while females sport orange feathers. Summer Tanagers eat insects, favoring bees and wasps. They also eat berries and other fruits.

Summer Tanagers are long distance migrants; to prepare for the flight they gain a considerable amount of weight in the form of fat. The fat stores fuel the long journey.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 10 November 2010
Scientific Name Piranga rubra
  • Passeriformes
  • Cardinalidae
  • Piranga
  • P. rubra
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 26 July 2015)
Units: Imperial Metric
7.75 inches
12 inches
1 ounces
Range North America Central America South America United States (West) United States (East)

International Names

  • Sanhaçu-vermelho (Brazilian)
  • tangara ohnivá (Czech)
  • Sommertangar (Danish)
  • Zomertangare (Dutch)
  • kesätangara (Finnish)
  • Piranga vermillon (French)
  • Sommertangare (German)
  • Piranga estiva (Italian)
  • ナツフウキンチョウ (natsufuukinchou) (Japanese)
  • Sommertanagar (Norwegian)
  • piranga pasowa (Polish)
  • Летняя танагра (Russian)
  • Quitrique Colorado (Spanish)
  • Sommartangara (Swedish)

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