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Summer Tanager Piranga rubra

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Cardinalidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
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Adult male

Full-bodied songbird with a big head and a thick blunt-tipped bill. Adult males are brilliant red overall.


Medium-sized songbird. Females are yellowish overall with a pinkish or horn-colored bill.

Immature male

Immature males are splotchy yellow and red. The amount of red depends on age as they molt into the red plumage of adults.


Hefty songbird with a slightly crested head (not always visible). Females are yellowish overall with a pale horn-colored bill.

Adult male

Chunky entirely red songbird often found in the canopy where it catches bees and wasps.

Adult male

Found in gaps and edges of open deciduous or pine-oak forests.

Recommended Citation

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: