Description of the Hepatic Tanager
The Hepatic Tanager has a gray cheek patch, and its flanks are somewhat grayish in contrast to brighter underparts. It has a thick, dark bill. Reddish above and below. After year two, adult plumage maintaned year round.
Brownish gray above and yellowish below.
Female tanages can be mistaken for female orioles. Tanagers have heavier bills, all but Western Tanager lack wing bars..
Seasonal change in appearance
Similar to adult females but heavily streaked. Males achieve full adult plumage by molt after 2nd summer.
Oak and pine mountain forests.
Insects and berries.
Forages slowly in trees.
Breeds in the southwestern U.S. and is resident in Mexico, Central America, and South America.
Recent genetic work suggests that there may be three species of what is now called Hepatic Tanager making up northern, central, and southern populations.
Much basic information about the biology of Hepatic Tanagers is unknown.
The song resembles that of the American Robin.