Flame-colored Tanager (Piranga bidentata), Upper Ramsey Canyon, Cochise County
This Flame-colored Tanager was
found by Theresa Lawson on 06 April 2018 and
photographed by Jesse Amesbury on 09 April 2018
Very rare summer visitor. Has been documented in
the Chiricahuas, Huachucas and Santa Ritas. Individuals
have returned and nesting has occured as well as hybrids
with Western Tanager P. ludoviciana.
Note the dark auricular patch, dark bill, and
white tail spots which separate this from Western
Tanagers. These features as well as the overall bright
orange coloration indicate that the male is a pure
Flame-colored Tanager rather than a hybrid (back and
rump were not seen).
09 April 2018, photo by Jesse AmesburyAll photos are copyrighted© by photographer
Submitted on 12 April 2018