Western Tanager ~ Nonbreeding Male by Kimberly Chadwick

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Taken at the Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum
Aviary using a Powershot SX10IS

Western Tanager breeds in coniferous and mixed woodlands, especially with pines, spruces, firs aspens and oaks often at high elevations. It is found in a great variety of habitats in migration, from desert scrubs to backyard feeders.

In winter this species turns up rarely but regular at feeders in the Southeast.


  • The Western Tanager breeds farther north than any other member of its mostly tropical family, breeding to nearly 60° N in the Northwest Territories.
  • The red pigment in the face is not produced by the bird but is acquired through their diet of insects that themselves acquire it from plants.
  • This species was first recorded on the Lewis and Clark expedition(1803-1806).
  • A group of tanagers are collectively known as a “season” of tanagers.

VOICE SONG a 5-phrased set of burry whistles very similiar to Scarlet Tanager. CALL a rattling prttle-ik, less incisive than Summer Tanager.

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My images are not photo shopped. They have only been adjusted with basic sharpening, contrasting & saturation techniques. I believe that in order to appreciate Nature, you have to capture it as it is, naturally.

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  • Robert Elliott
    Robert Elliottover 4 years ago

    beautiful capture Kimberly

  • Many thanks Robert!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • gingermegs
    gingermegsover 4 years ago

    Gorgeous colours Kimberly:)

  • I agree, thank you Ginger!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Alwyn Simple
    Alwyn Simpleover 4 years ago

    Great capture Kimberly. Liked reading the facts you have written on this species.

  • Thank you Alwyn, I love to learn about my subjects and sharing the info makes me feel like I am sharing them at a different level!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Monica M. Scanlan
    Monica M. Scanlanover 4 years ago

    Stunning image!!!

  • Monica, I thank you very much!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • joycee
    joyceeover 4 years ago

    Great capture Kimberly !! Good work.

  • I thank you very much Joycee!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • snapdecisions
    snapdecisionsover 4 years ago

    Fabulous subject Kimberly !!! , Very nice indeed , Trev

  • Your support is heartwarming, thank you!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Linda Gregory
    Linda Gregoryover 4 years ago

  • Thank you Linda again so very much!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • mikequigley
    mikequigleyover 4 years ago

    lovely shot – mq

  • Thank you Mike, sorry for the lateness of my reply. I appreciate you stopping by!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelover 3 years ago

    Beautiful bird photos!

  • Thank you very much Cindy!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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