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Hepatic tanager        Images © Mark A. Chappell

Hepatic tanagers are birds of mountain forests in the southwestern US and northern Mexico.   They somewhat resemble the more familiar summer tanager, but have dark bills, a duller red plumage, and gray patches on the cheeks and flanks.   Most winter south of the US but a few may linger in protected sites, as these birds were doing in Madera Canyon in southeastern Arizona.

  • Canon 1D4 or 7DII; 800mm IS lens plus 1.4X converter, fill-in flash (2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016)