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Summer Tanager

Piranga rubra

No other North American bird is as completely red as the Summer Tanager. Even its relative, the Northern Cardinal has a black mask to contrast with its red cloak. These tanagers are found across the southern United States from California to Florida, and in the eastern United States, northwest to Iowa and northeast to Delaware. Western populations inhabit riparian woodlands and, at higher elevations, mesquite woodlands. During winter these birds travel as far south as the middle latitudes of South America.

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