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.

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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 27 September 2017)
LC
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Measurements
Units: Imperial / Metric
7.25 inches
11.5 inches
.98 ounces

International Names

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