Summer Tanager

About the Summer Tanager

The Summer Tanager is a beautiful songbird found in North and South America. Males are striking with their all-red plumage, while females are yellowish-green, making them less conspicuous but equally attractive. Both sexes have a stout, pale bill which they use skillfully to catch insects.

These tanagers are adept hunters of bees and wasps, which they catch mid-air, often removing the stingers before eating. They also consume a variety of other insects and fruits, showing flexibility in their diet. Their melodious song adds to the charm of the forests and woodlands they inhabit.

The Summer Tanager breeds in open woodlands across the southern United States and northern Mexico. During the winter, they migrate to Central and South America, favoring tropical forests. Observing these vibrant birds during migration is a treat for birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts alike.

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