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 male perched on a leafless tree Locality Colombia (ssp rubra)
ProAves 2006 6 years ago 9 sec 3
A female resting on a trunk during postnuptial migration Locality Point Reyes National Seashore, California, USA (United States) (ssp rubra)
Michael Grunow 15 October 2005 5 years ago 8 sec 2.7
A male perched on a branch then flying away Locality Pichincha Province, Ecuador
Keith Blomerley 13 November 2009 3 years ago 23 sec 2
PhotosSee all 61 photos
male Piranga rubra
Locality Grand Chenier, Cameron Parish, Louisiana, USA (United States)
James W. Beck 20 April 2010 2 years ago 2.7
wintering adult male
Locality Tepepan, Mexico DF State, Mexico (Northern)
Hector Ceballos-Lascurain 7 January 2008 30 weeks ago 2.7
A male captured for banding.
Locality Rara Avis Lodge, Las Horquetas, Sarapiquí, Heredia Province, Costa Rica
Carmelo López 9 March 2004 3 years ago 2.7
Dorsal view of male.
Locality Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge, Arenal region, Alajuela Province, Costa Rica
Miriam Bauman 7 February 2011 2 years ago 2.5
Locality Punta Leona, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica
Guy Poisson 31 December 2008 2 years ago 2.5
Locality Metropolitan Natural Park, Panama City, Panama Province, Panama
Octavio Rios 6 February 2008 2 years ago 2.5