A month ago my class took a field trip to CREST. Where I saw their dead birds that they where keeping. I saw a male Western Tanager there. When I got home, I did a bit of research on them, and saw how the red pigment in the face of the Western Tanager is rhodoxanthin, a pigment rare in birds.
If you see a Western Tanager with a red head, that means it’s a male Western Tanager rather than a female Western Tanager. The Western Tanager is short and probably as wide as a black-capped chickadee probably wider though because chickadees are very small birds.
Not that many people are familiar at all with the Western Tanagers, because they are not very common like the Barrow’s Goldeneye. Chickadees and robins and red winged black birds are very common birds, not like the Western Tanager though.
The Western Tanager breeds farther north than other member of its mostly tropical family, breeding to nearly 60 degrees in the northwest territories.
Noted by Faith Elise!
p.s. Try the book Feathers, a book of poems about birds by Eileen Spinelli and illustrated by Lisa McCue.
p.s.s. Click the blue link for more information about the Western Tanager. You can also hear their calls by clicking on the image: