Flame-colored Tanager: Tropical tanager, flame red-orange body, black wings with white wing bars and spots, black-streaked back. Face has pale gray-tinged ear patch bordered with black. Bill is gray, legs, feet are black. Swift, direct flight.
Range and Habitat
Flame-colored Tanager: Resident in Mexico, visits mountains of southwest Texas and nests in southeastern Arizona. Preferred habitats include humid coniferous, oak, and pine-oak forests in mountains.
Traditionally placed in the tanager family (Thraupidae), the Flame–colored Tanager is now thought to be much closer to cardinals (Cardinalidae).
This bird is also known by the names Striped Tanager and Swainson’s Tanager, after William Swainson, the English ornithologist who first described it.
A group of tanagers are collectively known as a "season" of tanagers.
The Flame-colored Tanager is evaluated as Least Concern at this time. This bird is native to much of Central America as well as portions of North America. The Flame-colored Tanager is a terrestrial bird. This bird species has a range of about 400,000 square kilometers. The range of the Flame-colored tanager could be as high as 5 million individual birds within its range. Currently, this bird species has a rating of Least Concern. The previous rating of this bird species was Lower Risk. That rating was downgraded to Least Concern due to its range and population.