Covered head to tail in rose red to orange and this has got to be one of north America’s most striking birds

These birds are perhaps one of North America’s most stunning birds, with their rosy red to orange appearance and distinct singing.

The summer tanager (Piranga rubra) is a medium-sized songbird native to North America.

Covered head to tail in rose red to orange and this has got to be one of north America's most striking birds

Previously assigned to the Tanager tribe (Thraupidae).

This bird and some other representatives of its genus are currently classed as Cardinalidae, a family of cardinals.

Males of this subspecies are 6.7 inches long and are vivid rose or orange-red all year.

Their darker plumage distinguishes them from the scarlet tanager.

Also, the Summer tanager’s wings are red rather than black.

Covered head to tail in rose red to orange and this has got to be one of north America's most striking birds

Females are more olive on top and orange-yellow on the bottom. Their feathers and tail are almond, and as they age, some females gain masculine coloration.

These birds may be found throughout much of the southern and eastern United States, except for southern Pennsylvania and northern Illinois.

They move to Mexico and northern South America throughout the winter.

Covered head to tail in rose red to orange and this has got to be one of north America's most striking birds

Summer Tanagers normally make a nest on a horizontal branch 2.5 to 10.5 meters above the ground once they arrive in their breeding territory in the spring.

During this period, the male may feed the female or care for his feathers, depending on his mood.

However, after the chicks hatch, he goes into overdrive, assisting the female in feeding and tending to their requirements.

The chicks leave the nest around 8 to 10 weeks. This species has a very vast range and so does not approach the Vulnerable criteria under the IUCN range size criterion.

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