Hepatic Tanager

General description.

These features distinguish him from the "Summer Tanager". The Hepatic, or "liver-colored" species of tanager ranges in the pine and oak forests of New Mexico, northern Arizona and southern Texas and south to Argentina and Brazil, migrating in the northern parts.

Female appearance.

The female "Hepatic Tanager" has dusky upperparts and yellow underparts.

Juvenile appearance.

The young resemble the female Hepatic, but their breasts are streaked.

Breeding habits.

This tanager breeds within its residential areas.

Calls or song.

The song of the "Hepatic Tanager" rings clearly from tall trees, warbler-like, but less varied than that of the "Black-headed Grosbeak". Its call is a low, dry "chup".

Population and distribution.

Remarkably enough, little is known of the behavior and life history of the "Hepatic Tanager".

Nesting habits.

This bird weaves a saucer of grasses, weed stems and flower stalks (blossoms may adorn the nest) within the fork of a tree limb. The female lays three to five bluish eggs marked with brown or liver-colored spots.
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