Hepatic Tanager

Piranga flava

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Cardinals & Piranga Tanagers (Cardinalidae)

Code 4

HETA

Code 6

PIRFLA

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Hepatic Tanager has a large range, estimated globally at 5,600,000 square kilometers. Native to the Americas, this bird prefers forest and savanna ecosystems. The global population of this bird is estimated at 360,000 individuals and does not show signs of decline that would necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. For this reason, the current evaluation status of the Hepatic Tanager is Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Hepatic Tanager: Large tanager, dark to orange-red overall, gray wash on back and flanks. Gray-red cheek patch. Heavy, dark bill is slightly hooked. Legs and feet are gray. Forages in upper foliage of trees, sometimes catches insects in midair. Swift direct flight on rapid wing beats.

 

Range and Habitat

Hepatic Tanager: This species breeds in the southwestern U.S. from California east to Texas and south into Mexico; it also occurs from Costa Rica south to South America. This species spends winters south of U.S.-Mexico border. Rarely, these birds may winter in southern California. Inhabits open pine and pine-oak forests.

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Hepatic Tanager SONGS AND CALLS

Hepatic Tanager A1

Calls given in alarm by a female near nest.

Hepatic Tanager A3

Song is a series of slurred whistled notes and pauses.

Similar Sounding

Black-headed Grosbeak C2

Song is a series of rising and falling warbled notes.


Voice Text

"chup"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Hepatic Tanager was traditionally placed in the tanager family, though it is now thought to be closer to cardinals.
  • Hepatic means involving or resembling the liver, and these tanagers are named for the coloration of the males which is known as liver-red.
  • It has been little studied. As of 2002, only 106 had been banded in the United States, and only one banded bird had ever been recovered.
  • A group of tanagers are collectively known as a "season" of tanagers.

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RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

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This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

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TERMINOLOGY

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Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Michael Oberhofer

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