The male Western Tanager has stunning breeding plumage. He feeds mainly on insects, bees, wasps,and grasshoppers. Formerly placed in the tanager family, it and other members of its genus are now classified in the cardinal family.
A western counterpart to the Scarlet Tanager, this species occurs in summer farther north than any other tanager — far up into northwestern Canada. Western Tanagers nest in coniferous forests of the north and the high mountains, but during migration, they may show up in any habitat, including grassland and desert; the bright males can be spotted pausing in suburban yards in late spring.
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