Summer Tanager

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 10 November 2010
Scientific Name
Piranga rubra
  • Passeriformes
  • Cardinalidae
  • Piranga
  • P. rubra
Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 26 July 2015)
  • 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
7.75 inches
12 inches
1 ounces


International Names

Brazilian (Português brasileiro) Sanhaçu-vermelho
Czech (Cesky) tangara ohnivá
Danish (Dansk) Sommertangar
Dutch (Nederlands) Zomertangare
Finnish (Suomi) kesätangara
French (Français) Piranga vermillon
German (Deutsch) Sommertangare
Italian (Italiano) Piranga estiva
Japanese (日本語) ナツフウキンチョウ (natsufuukinchou)
Norwegian (Norsk) Sommertanagar
Polish (Polski) piranga pasowa
Russian (русский язык) Летняя танагра
Spanish (Español) Quitrique Colorado
Swedish (Svenska) Sommartangara
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