Flame-colored Tanager

Piranga bidentata

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Cardinals & Piranga Tanagers (Cardinalidae)

Code 4

FCTA

Code 6

PIRBID

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Flame-colored Tanager is evaluated as Least Concern at this time. This bird is native to much of Central America as well as portions of North America. The Flame-colored Tanager is a terrestrial bird. This bird species has a range of about 400,000 square kilometers. The range of the Flame-colored tanager could be as high as 5 million individual birds within its range. Currently, this bird species has a rating of Least Concern. The previous rating of this bird species was Lower Risk. That rating was downgraded to Least Concern due to its range and population.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Flame-colored Tanager: Tropical tanager, flame red-orange body, black wings with white wing bars and spots, black-streaked back. Face has pale gray-tinged ear patch bordered with black. Female is olive-green above, olive-yellow below, and has black wings. Bill is gray, legs, feet are black. Swift, direct flight.

 

Range and Habitat

Flame-colored Tanager: This species is a resident in Mexico and is an occasional visitor to the mountains of southwest Texas. Some individuals breed farther north in Mexico and into the mountains of southeastern Arizona. Its preferred habitats include humid coniferous, oak, and pine-oak forests in mountains.

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Flame-colored Tanager SONGS AND CALLS

Flame-colored Tanager A1

Song is a "chick-churee-churee".

Flame-colored Tanager A2

Call is a "prr-reck".

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"chick-churee-chuwee", "pr-reck"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Traditionally placed in the tanager family (Thraupidae), the Flame–colored Tanager is now thought to be much closer to cardinals (Cardinalidae).
  • This bird is also known by the names Striped Tanager and Swainson’s Tanager, after William Swainson, the English ornithologist who first described it.
  • A group of tanagers are collectively known as a "season" of tanagers.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

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

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Michael Oberhofer

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Ear patchX
Consists of soft, loose-webbed feathers on the side of the bird's head below and behind the eyes.
FaceX
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X