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Hepatic Tanager

Scientific name: Piranga flava

Resident in Central America and Mexico, the Hepatic Tanager nests in parts of the southwestern U.S. but migrates south for the winter. South American populations are also migratory. Hepatic Tanagers are often seen in small groups during migration, and often follow river valleys.

Hepatic Tanagers are very territorial, and are thought to breed at age one. There are a few records of nest parasitism by cowbirds, though it is not known how often it occurs or what effect it has. Very few Hepatic Tanagers have ever been banded, so little information is available on movements, mortality, or lifespan.

Adult males in full adult plumage are brick red with a gray cheek.