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Does anyone know what kind of bird this is?


We've had a pair of these "set up shop" above our garden entrance this year, and I've never seen a bird like this before. On the underside the male is half red and half yellow, and reminds me of something tropical. I'm thinking it's some sort of tanager, but I have not really met any before, so I'm not sure. The pair is also rather elusive, so it took a couple of weeks to get some good video and photos.

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this kind of bird is known summer tanager

Possibly a western tanager? They have the black wing feathers, although the ones I see around here in Oregon don't have quite as much red on the chest.

Beautiful birds! What a sweet treat to have them so close. Hope you can find out what they are. Good luck!

Tanager?

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I think it is some sort of Tanager, but not a Scarlet Tanager... possibly a Summer Tanager, or maybe something else.

yeah, i thought Tanager right away, but could also be a juvenile or even the females plumage. Beautiful bird in any respect!

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Screenshot_2019-06-10 Summer Tanager - Whatbird com.png

An immature male Summer Tanager?

https://identify.whatbird.com/obj/576/_/summer_tanager.aspx

My Audubon guess!

The link shows how the plumage morphs from yellow to red.

Hmmm... It's the father of a nest, so I'm thinking not so immature, but could be.

I know many fathers who are immature. ;)

What awesome photos you captured there @papa-pepper ! its definitely a type of Western Summer Tanager, and is often classified in the CARDINAL Family, what a beauty she/he is, thanks for sharing! I love all animals, upped and resteemed!❤🐦🐦🐦❤

I've run across a couple of descriptions of scarlet tanagers with yellow bellies, but they have black wings.

I've also come across descriptions of northern cardinals that have a yellow bellied color morph, but this one's Crest is less distinct, so I don't know.

Hope you solve the mystery!

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