Western Tanager Photo Gallery
What does the Western Tanager look like?
Western Tanagers are strikingly beautiful stout songbirds. Adult Males are bright yellow, with scarlet red on their faces and caps. They have two brilliant yellow wing bars that stand out on jet-black wings. Adult females are also mostly bright yellow, however they lack the scarlet face. They have gray backs and wings with two wing bars. Their rumps and tails are yellow
Western Tanager Habitat
Western Tanager Facts
Western Tanagers are a slow moving songbird of the forest. Despite their bright markings, they are timid and can be quite hard to see. They breed further north than most members of their tropical family. Their red face is from the pigment rhodoxanthin, which is not common in birds. It is believed they acquire this through food they consume. They are common prey to various birds of prey, including Red-tailed Hawks and Prairie Falcons.