October 6, 2015 – Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra)

Requested by: @gepwin

These tanagers breed in much of the southern and eastern United States and northern Mexico and winter from southern Mexico to the middle of South America. They eat insects, especially bees and wasps, beating them against branches to remove the stingers. They also eat fruits and berries, plucking them from branches while perched, or hovering to pick them. Females build the nests from dried grasses and other plant materials and incubate the eggs alone. Some males feed their mates during incubation, while others only assist in feeding the chicks.