Western Tanager

Piranga ludoviciana

The Western Tanager’s breeding habitat is coniferous or mixed woods across western North America from the Mexico-U.S. border as far north as southern Alaska. These birds spend winters in Mexico and Central America.

Until I visited south Texas during the 2021 spring migration, all my meetings were in California and Oregon. The birds I met in Texas were somewhat vagrant, and the local birders were excited to meet it. Since this species is seasonally a yard bird for me in southern California, it didn’t generate the same level of excitement for me.

Today’s science does not recognise any subspecies of Western Tanager (i.e. they are monotypic).

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