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Female Summer Tanager (piranga rubra) | by Frank Shufelt
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Female Summer Tanager (piranga rubra)

At El Ensueño, Quindío, Colombia.

This is a female Summer Tanager (piranga rubra). The Summer Tanager breeds in the south-central USA and northern Mexico. They winter in Central America and South America as far south as Bolivia. They feed on insects, bees, wasps and wild fruits. The Summer Tanager was originally classified as a tanager, but recently reclassified and placed in the cardinal family. The adult male of this species is the only North American bird that is entirely red. The Summer Tanager and many other North American migrants begin appearing in South America in September and October. They will begin the return trip north in March or April.

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Taken on December 6, 2018