Breeds from southern Alaska southward and winters in the tropics. Preferred habitats include open coniferous forests.
The red pigment in the face of the Western Tanager is not produced by the bird but is acquired through their diet of insects that themselves acquire it from plants.
The Western Tanager was first recorded on the Lewis and Clark expedition (1803-1806).The individual I observed today flew across the trail in front of me near the intake of the irrigation canal along the D.River Trail. He came to perch in a bow of a Ponderosa Pine.
ORN: 7.25 miles at 9:07 mile pace