Hepatic Tanager

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 11 October 2012
Scientific Name
Piranga flava
  • Passeriformes
  • Cardinalidae
  • Piranga
  • P. flava
Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 5 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
7.9 inches
12.6 inches
.8 to 1.7 ounces


International Names

Brazilian (Português brasileiro) Sanhaçu-de-fogo
Chinese (汉语) 暗红丽唐纳雀
Czech (Cesky) tangara rumělková
Danish (Dansk) Ildtangar
Dutch (Nederlands) Laaglandlevertangare
Finnish (Suomi) purppuratangara
French (Français) Piranga orangé
German (Deutsch) Zinnobertangare
Italian (Italiano) Piranga epatica
Japanese (日本語) レンガフウキンチョウ (rengafuukinchou)
Norwegian (Norsk) Blodtanagar
Polish (Polski) piranga cynobrowa
Russian (русский язык) Красная пиранга
Spanish (Español) tangara roja piquioscura
Swedish (Svenska) Låglandstangara
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