Summer Tanager 

Summer Tanager 

Colorful bee-eaters of the southern US.  Common in Southeast to Southwest US in summer; winters in Central and South America.  Medium-sized, stout-bodied songbird with long tail and thick bills; males solid red, females mustard, and young males a patchy mix.  Prefers forest edges or riparian habitat; often high in canopy, where it sallies out to catch flying insects, especially bees and wasps; also eats fruit.   Nests in trees, usually overhanging an open area.   Lifespan up to 7 years.  Population ~ 12 million and stable.  

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January 24, 2015