Summer Tanager, Piranga rubra


Summer Tanager
I shot this through an imperfectly transparent window in a blind, hence the gray discolorations. Summer Tanagers, like the other North American "tanagers" of genus Piranga, have been recently determined to be more closely related to the cardinalids (Cardinals, Black-headed and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Indigo and Lazuli Buntings) than to the true tanagers of Central and South America.


Summer Tanager


Summer Tanager


Summer Tanager


Summer Tanager
Summer Tanagers are rare in Northern California; the one shown above and below attracted
a lot of attention at a popular birding spot in Santa Cruz in September 2008.


Summer Tanager