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Summer Tanager

Piranga rubra 
Tanager family (Thraupidae)

A medium-sized tanager. Male is uniformly bright red. Female is yellowish below, brownish-yellow above, not as green as Scarlet Tanager female.

Dry open forests

Shallow saucer-shaped nest built on a horizontal limb. Eggs are pale blue to pale green, variously marked with brown spots. Clutch size – 3 to 4 eggs.


Song is a series of whistled phrases, like the American Robin’s, but phrases are on one pitch with the same phrase repeated over and over.  Call is a distinct “chik-e-tuk chik-e-tuk”, descending in pitch during the call.  Their call is heard more often than their song.

Name Origin:

The genus name Piranga is a native name for a South American bird.  The species name rubra is from the Latin for “red.”  The common name Tanager is from tanagara, for “a bird” in Tupi, a South American language.  

In the Nature Park:
Neotropical migrant. Occurs in more open forests than the Scarlet Tanager.