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Western Tanager
  Piranga ludoviciana

* Summers in the coniferous and aspen forests in the mountains but is a common migrant in the valleys in the fall.

* The red-pigment in the face is not manufactured but is acquired from the diet. In spite of bright colors, it is surprisingly inconspicuous among the leaves.

* Feeds mostly on insects but also on fruits.


  Photo copyright by Robert Shanz Photo can be viewed at http://www.rshantz.com/Animals/Birds/Tanagers/Western/20040510Western01.htm    

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