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SUMMER TANAGER

Piranga rubra

summer tanager (second-year male)

Summer Tanager (second-year male)

summer tanager (second-year male)

Summer Tanager (second-year male)

All photos © Hilton Pond Center

The Summer Tanager (Emberizidae: Thraupinae: Piranga rubra) is a Neotropical migrant Emberizid finch in the Tanager Subfamily. Adult males are completely red, while females and first year males (photo below) are greenish yellow. Second-year males exhibit various combinations of adult and juvenile feathers (top two photos above).

summer tanager (first-year male)

Summer Tanager (juvenile male)

Although Summer Tanagers are uncommon at Hilton Pond Center, they are much more likely between 1 July and the end of fall migration (see table below). Females with brood patches have been caught in spring and early summer, implying local breeding.

SUMMER TANAGERS
BANDED AT
HILTON POND CENTER
(1982 through 31 Dec 2007)

SPRING

FALL

TOTAL

32
(21%)

117
(79%)

149

summer tanager (second-year male)

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