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Western Tanager

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The Western Tanager shows up on the South Vancouver Island in May and can be seen in forest settings around the city of Victoria.Western Tanager By Robert Logan

Western Tanager By Robert LoganThe Western Tanager adult has a brilliant red head, bright yellow body with black back, wings, and tail, two wing bars, smaller uppermost bar yellow, lower white, female yellow-green above, yellow below with wing bars similar to male. 

They nest in open coniferous forests of Douglas fir, spruce and pine, mixed woodlands with aspen trees, high up sometimes nesting as high as 2,000 meters.

But can be found in lowlands during migration. 

The female lays 3 to 5 speckled bluish green eggs in a frail, saucer nest of woven rootlets, weeds and bark strips, saddled in fork of spruce, fir, or pine tree usually at low elevation in the tree.

 

The young birds look like the female, dull in color and rather drab.

In the fall, the birds head south to winter in Central America.

Their song  is robin like in its short, fluty phrases rendered with pause between phrases.

They feed on Insects, fruit, and a few flower and plant buds.

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