Flame-colored Tanager

Flame-colored Tanager (Piranga bidentata) on a tree branch

Male Flame-colored Tanagers are brightly colored birds with orange-red coloring, with darker wings and tails. Females are more yellow-orange.

  • Piranga bidentata
  • Length 7 – 7.5 inches (18 – 19 cm)
  • Weight 1.13 – 1.71 oz (32 – 48 g). 


A rare visitor to the US, the Flame-colored Tanager, has started breeding in Arizona and has also been spotted in Texas. They usually inhabit woodland in Mexico and Central America.

Habitat And Diet

Flame-colored Tanagers forage for insects in the treetops and berries near the ground.

Flame-colored Tanager Song:


Nests of Flame-colored Tanagers are made from twigs and grasses and can be placed anywhere from up in trees to down in shrubs in fairly open areas.

Fun fact:

Flame-colored Tanagers will find lines of army ants carrying wasp larvae and have a bumper 2-4-1 meal of the ants and the wasp larvae.