Western Tanager

Piranga ludoviciana
Even as its brilliant red head fades into fall, the western tanager is a tropical vision found in refuge forests/Photo Courtesy of Rollin Bannow
The western tanager breeds in the coniferous and mixed woodlands of the Refuge. It migrates to Mexico, Costa Rica and California for the winter. It mostly eats fruit and is considered to be a tropical bird. After the breeding season, the male bird’s red head fades to brilliant yellow but sometimes a slight reddish tinge remains. Learn more about western tanagers...

Facts About Western Tanager

First recorded by Lewis and Clark

Male has a brilliant red head in spring, summer and fall

Has two wing bars, one yellow, one white