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About the Western Tanager

Also known as: Louisiana Tanager

The Western Tanager is a medium-sized songbird that lives in western North America into Mexico and Central America. They are migratory, breeding in the western United States and Canada, and wintering well south of the U.S. border.

Male Western Tanagers have bright red faces, with yellow necks, shoulders, and rumps. The wings, back and tail are black.

Western Tanagers eat primarily insects, which they find by foraging in foliage or by catching bugs on the fly. To a lesser degree, they also eat fruits, berries, or nectar.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 10 November 2010
Scientific Name Piranga ludoviciana
  • Passeriformes
  • Cardinalidae
  • Piranga
  • P. ludoviciana
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
7.25 inches
11.5 inches
.98 ounces
Range North America Central America United States (West)

International Names

  • tangara červenohlavá (Czech)
  • Gul Ildtangar (Danish)
  • Louisiana-tangare (Dutch)
  • tammitangara (Finnish)
  • Piranga à tête rouge (French)
  • Kieferntangare (German)
  • Piranga occidentale (Italian)
  • ニシフウキンチョウ (nishifuukinchou) (Japanese)
  • Vesttanagar (Norwegian)
  • piranga zóltorzytna (Polish)
  • красноголовая пиранга (Russian)
  • Quitrique de Frente Colorada (Spanish)
  • Västlig tangara (Swedish)

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