male in breeding plumage (California, USA; 2006-04-23)

Western Tanager
Piranga ludoviciana

Native Range: North America

Notes: prefers open wooded habitats; striking sexual dimorphism, with male having much brighter plumage; female generally similar to some female orioles but bill stouter and not so pointed.

red on head and face; yellow underparts (California, USA; 2006-04-23)

black tail, wings, and back (California, USA; 2006-04-23)

yellow also on nape, lower back, and rump (California, USA; 2006-04-23)

female; much drabber; wingbars; tanager bill (California, USA; 2007-09-30)

female bathing (California, USA; 2007-09-30)

male posing for portrait (California, USA; 2006-04-23)