7.25” long. The Western Tanager is a mediun-sized tanager with a stout, pointed, pale bill. In the spring and summer the adult male has yellow plumage on the body with a red head and black wings, back and tail. The black wings have bars. The female has an olive-brown back with orange-yellow underparts. The wings and tail are gray. The wings have white wing bars.
The Western Tanager is rare in Eastern Nebraska.
The Western Tanager inhabits coniferous forests. The song is similar to that of a Scarlet Tanager. The call is a distinctive “pit-er-ick”.
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