Western Tanagers are the most northerly of the Tanagers found in North
America., summering as far north as northern British Columbia. They prefer
higher elevation conifer forests for breeding, and in South Dakota, are most often found in the Black Hills.
Habitat: Prefers conifer or mixed forest
and woodland. Seems to prefer open conifer forest more than dense forest.
Diet: Primarily insects, especially
early in the summer when raising young. Later during the breeding season they
begin to eat more
fruits and berries.
Behavior: Primarily forages in mid to upper-levels
of the forest canopy, moving through foliage or flying out from a perch to
Nesting: June and July
Migration: Summers in the
western U.S. and Canada. Winters in Mexico, Central America, and South
Bird Feeders: Will come for cut fruit, nectar, and baked
Conservation Status: Numbers currently appear to be stable, with no major threats
to their population.
Cornell Lab of Ornithology - Western Tanager
eNature.com -Western Tanager
Photo Information: August 8th, 2007 - Yellowstone
National Park, Wyoming - Terry Sohl
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