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Summer Tanager

Summer Tanager
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Copyright: Luis Vargas (Chiza) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-26
Categories: Birds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Red Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-10-26 10:26
Viewed: 4824
Points: 12
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Summer Tanager From Wikipedia

Adult male
Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Aves

Order: Passeriformes

Family: Cardinalidae (see text)

Genus: Piranga

Species: P. rubra

Binomial name
Piranga rubra
(Linnaeus, 1758)
The Summer Tanager, Piranga rubra, is a medium-sized songbird. It was usually considered a fairly typical kind of tanager and placed in the Thraupidae, but is more likely a relative of the cardinals (Cardinalidae).

Their breeding habitat is open wooded areas, especially with oaks, across the southern United States. These birds migrate to Mexico, Central America and northern South America. This tanager is an extremely rare vagrant to western Europe.

Adults have stout pointed bills. Adult males are rose red; females are orangish on the underparts and olive on top, with olive-brown wings and tail.

These birds are often out of sight, foraging high in trees, sometimes flying out to catch insects in flight. They mainly eat insects, especially bees and wasps, and berries. Notably, fruit of Cymbopetalum mayanum (Annonaceae) are a well-liked food in the winter quarters, and birds will forage in human-altered habitat[1]. Consequently, these trees can be planted to entice them to residential areas, and they may well be attracted to bird feeders. Summer Tanagers build a cup nest on a horizontal tree branch.

Song & Calls
The Summer Tanager has an American Robin-like song, similar enough that novices sometimes mistake this bird for that species. The song consists of melodic units, repeated in a constant stream. The Summer Tanager's song, however, is much more monotonous than that of T. migratorius, often consisting of as few as 3 or 4 distinct units. It is clearer and less nasal than the song of the Scarlet Tanager.

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Bu varya bu benlik bir kuş Luis,nasıl şirin bişey böyle.Fotoğrafın güzelliği ise ayrı bir konu.İki güzellik bir arada,öyle olunca seyrine doyum olur mu,olmaaaaz,bayıldım bu fotoğrafa,ellerine sağlık,süpeerrrr :)

  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-10-26 12:05]

Hello Luis,
Very beautiful photo of this Summer Tanager. Great pose and splendid colours. Excellent sharpness and details. Very good POV and DOF.

Hello Luis,

A fine, detailed and sharply focussed shot of this beautiful and colourful bird. You have captured a good eye reflection which gives it character.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2008-10-26 20:45]

Gorgeous capture, Luis.
The red on this tanager's plumage is brilliant.
Great sharpness of details.
Wonderful eye contact.
TFS. : )

Hi Luis

Great shot, brings back pleasant memories of my trip there last year.
Good pose, sharpness and composition.


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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2008-10-27 5:38]

What a pretty colour bird...
Nice composition nd details.TFS!

Excelente captura!!! Felicidades!!!!

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