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Western Tanager
Piranga ludoviciana

Warblers and Tanagers
Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Size: Length: 18 cm Wingspan: 28-31 cm

Description: Looking like a brightly coloured finch, the western tanager is an occasional nester in the Canadian Rockies. Males have a red forehead, but often the entire head is red. The nape, breast, belly and rump are bright yellow. The black wings have one yellow and one white band visible. The back and tail are black. Females are slightly less spectacular with an olive-green head, nape, and back. The breast and underside are dull yellow. The wings and tail are similar to the male. Tanagers eat a variety of berries, along with insects collected off foliage or caught on the wing. They are particularly fond of montane Douglas-fir and aspen/lodgepole pine forests. The nest is usually in a conifer where they construct a loose, flat cup of grass and twigs. Usually less than 15 m above ground, the nest is placed in the fork of a long branch, midway along its length. The song is very similar to that of a robin with a series of three syllable tones: "pit-er-ick".

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