Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) - HBW 16, p. 311
French: Piranga vermillon
Spanish: Piranga Roja
Taxonomy: Fringilla rubra Linnaeus, 1758, South Carolina, USA.
Molecular-genetic evidence indicates that this genus forms a monophyletic group with Habia and Chlorothraupis, and that all three are more closely related to cardinals (Cardinalidae) than to true tanagers. Proposed race ochracea (described from Trout Creek, near Cane Springs, in W Arizona) is considered synonymous with cooperi. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- cooperi Ridgway, 1869 - breeds SW USA (from SE California, S Nevada and C Arizona E to W Texas) and N Mexico (S to to NE Baja California, Sonora, N Durango, SW Coahuila and C Nuevo León); winters C & S Mexico (from S Sinaloa S to Michoacán, Morelos and Guerrero).
- rubra (Linnaeus, 1758) - breeds E USA (from SE Nebraska, S Iowa, Ohio and Delaware S to C Texas, Gulf Coast and Florida); winters from S Mexico (Michoacán, Pueblo, Veracruz and Yucatán) S to N South America (S occasionally to N Bolivia, W Brazil and SE Venezuela, occasionally the Guianas.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 27 videos
A frontal view of a female perched near her nest carrying food and calling softly. Locality Sycamore Canyon, Arizona, USA (United States) (ssp cooperi)
Don DesJardin 17 August 2008 4 years ago 38 sec 4.7
A male on a branch, looking around Locality Cabañas San Isidro, Napo Province, Ecuador
Robert Schaefer 5 November 2008 4 years ago 28 sec 4.6
A frontal view of a male perched, looking around, and then flying away. Locality Arizona, USA (United States) (ssp cooperi)
Don DesJardin 26 July 2008 4 years ago 24 sec 4.5
A female on a wooden wall Locality Colombia (ssp rubra)
ProAves 2006 6 years ago 23 sec 4.5
A female eating a wasp. Locality San Miguel, Santiago de Cali, Valle del Cauca Department, Colombia
Pere Sugranyes 6 November 2012 27 weeks ago 36 sec 4.4
A male calling from a dead tree Locality Huntington Beach, Orange County, California, USA (United States) (ssp rubra)
Paul Clarke 29 December 2001 5 years ago 28 sec 4.4
PhotosSee all 61 photos
Locality Laureles, Manizales, Caldas Department, Colombia
Daniel Avendaño 13 March 2013 2 days ago ADDED LAST WEEK 4.3
Adult male perched on a branch
Locality Florida, USA (United States) (ssp rubra)
David Brassington 15 April 2009 3 years ago 4.1
Locality Grand Sirenis Resort, Akumal, Quintana Roo State, Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico (Southern) (ssp rubra)
Ken Simonite 2 January 2013 15 weeks ago 4
A singing male
Locality Tennessee, USA (United States) (ssp rubra)
sophiebuck 9 June 2012 16 weeks ago 4
Locality Boruca, San Isidro de El General, Pérez Zeledón, San José Province, Costa Rica
Marc FASOL 10 November 2011 23 weeks ago 4
Ventral view of a perched female.
Locality Morazán, Pérez Zeledón, San José Province, Costa Rica
manuel retana 6 November 2010 2 years ago 4