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Summer Tanagers
Photo by Sander,
Aug 2000
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Wheezer's Notes:
Tanagers are beautiful but not frequently seen in the backyard. They remain aloof only rarely venturing close enough to be clearly seen. We were able to snap the shots at right only because this pair was apparently attracted to the bright colors of our rose garden and the convenient, easy-on-the-feet perching place provided by an obelisk. The top photo is the male, bottom is female.

The male Scarlet Tanager is distinguished from the Summer Tanager by its' more contrasting, black wing color.

Map at right shows states (colored darker blue) in which summer tanagers were counted at a level of 4-10 or more over a significant area in the most recent Breeding Bird Survey. This information is from the USGS Patuxent Bird Identification Center
More about Tanagers:
Summer Tanager
Scarlet Tanager

Summer Tanager Range
Buy a book on Tanagers:
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The Tanagers: Natural History, Distribution & Identification by Morton L. and Phyllis R. Isler
Paperback - 406 pages (April 1999) Smithsonian Institution Press; ISBN: 0874745535 ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.14 x 9.02 x 6.03
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