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.


hepatic tanager


Brownish gray above and yellowish below.


hepatic tanager

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.

Fun Facts

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.


The nest is a cup of plant materials placed in the fork of a branch.

Number: 3-5.
Color: Bluish-green with darker markings.

Incubation and fledging:
- Young hatch at about 13 days.  
- Young fledge (leave the nest) at an unknown age and likely remain with the adults for some time.