Western Tanager

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.

Western Tanager Find cute products & gifts with our Birdorable Western Tanager
Shop Now

Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 10 November 2010
Scientific Name
Piranga ludoviciana
  • Passeriformes
  • Cardinalidae
  • Piranga
  • P. ludoviciana
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
7.25 inches
11.5 inches
.98 ounces

International Names

Czech (Cesky) tangara červenohlavá
Danish (Dansk) Gul Ildtangar
Dutch (Nederlands) Louisiana-tangare
Finnish (Suomi) tammitangara
French (Français) Piranga à tête rouge
German (Deutsch) Kieferntangare
Italian (Italiano) Piranga occidentale
Japanese (日本語) ニシフウキンチョウ (nishifuukinchou)
Norwegian (Norsk) Vesttanagar
Polish (Polski) piranga zóltorzytna
Russian (русский язык) красноголовая пиранга
Spanish (Español) Quitrique de Frente Colorada
Swedish (Svenska) Västlig tangara
More Products

Cute gifts with this bird

Design with this bird

Related articles

North America's Tanagers

North America's Tanagers

The tanagers are a family of songbirds found across the Americas. These small birds tend to be colorful; often males are more brightly plumaged than females. Tanagers in name only?There are four species ... more