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Piranga flava -male- (Hepatic Tanager / Cardenal Montañero) | by PriscillaBurcher
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Piranga flava -male- (Hepatic Tanager / Cardenal Montañero)

Taken in La Ceja, Colombia; Central Andes; 2.300 meters above sea level.


Hepatic Tanagers (Piranga flava) are medium-sized, sexually dimorphic songbirds with a dark bill. Males are red with dull red on the wings and back. Females are yellow-gray above and brighter yellowish below, with a bit gray on the face.


Formerly placed in the tanager family (Thraupidae), Hepatic tanagers and other members of its genus are now classified in the cardinal family (Cardinalidae). The common name hepatic means "liver-coloured", namely, brownish-red.


There are three subspecies groups, which may be separate species:


1) Hepatica group.

2) Flava group.

3) Lute group: resident from Costa Rica to northern and western South America in highland forest edges (As the one in the photo)




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Taken on November 26, 2014