*Number 408 on my Birding Life List
I saw this pair at Madera Canyon, Rita Lodge back in January. What a treat!
~Why is it called a hepatic tanager?
The Hepatic Tanager’s sweet, caroling song carries well through the open pine and pine-oak forests of its highland habitats. Named for the male’s dusky reddish upperparts (“hepatic” refers to the liver), this species’ scientific name ( flava) also references the female’s yellow plumage.
~Where do tanagers live in the US?
Hepatic Tanagers occur in much of South and Central America and barely reach the southwestern U.S., where they are common but very little studied. They have gradually expanded their range northward since the 1960s.
Happy Birding wherever you are!
These Hummers have been at my feeders for a couple of weeks. I have also seen a male black-chinned, but I don’t have a photo. They are so much fun to watch.
Be on the lookout for these tiny, beautiful birds and help them get back to their wintering grounds when fall migration begins. Mix one cup of white sugar and 4 cups of water.