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Flame-colored Tanager

Piranga bidentata

Family Cardinals
Native to mountain forests of Mexico and Central America, this tanager was never found in our area until 1985, when a male spent the breeding season in Arizona's Chiricahua Mountains, paired with a female Western Tanager. Since then the species has appeared several more times in Arizona and has nested there more than once.
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Text © Kenn Kaufman, adapted from
Lives of North American Birds

Illustration © David Allen Sibley.
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Songs and Calls
Song similar to Western Tanager but burrier and more hesitant. Common call similar to Western, a low prrrlek.