The tanager family of birds is a big confusing nest of birds. It used to be one big family and by that I mean roughly 4% of the world's birds were in the family. It's too complicated to describe, here, so in this gallery, you'll find birds that have the word tanager in their name even though the Pirangas are now cardinals.

The tanagers are brightly colored and range throughout North and South America. The females of the species are typically drab compared with the brilliant plumage the males sport.

In my avian photography gallery you will find:
Blue-grey Tanager, Thraupis episcopus
Cherrie's Tanager, Ramphocelus costaricensis
Golden-hooded Tanager, Tangara larvata
Hepatic Tanager, Piranga flava
Palm Tanager, Thraupis palmarum
Passerini's Tanager, Ramphocelus passerinii
Scarlett Tanager, Piranga olivacea
Summer Tanager, Pirangra rubra


The collective noun for a group of tanagers is a "season". Which is rather lame, in my not so humble opinion. I think that "palette" is a much more interesting and complimentary name for the exotic feathered friends, the tanagers.

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Blue-grey Tanager, Thraupis episcopusBlue-grey Tanager, Thraupis episcopusBlue-grey Tanager, Thraupis episcopusBlue-grey Tanager, Thraupis episcopusBlue-grey Tanager, Thraupis episcopusBlue-grey Tanager, Thraupis episcopusMale Cherrie's Tanager - Costa RicaFemale Cherrie's Tanager - Costa RicaMale Cherrie's Tanager - Costa RicaFemale Cherrie's Tanager - Costa RicaFemale Cherrie's Tanager - Costa RicaGolden-hooded Tanager, Tangara larvataFemale Hepatic TanagerFemale Hepatic TanagerMale Hepatic TanagerMale Hepatic TanagerFemale Hepatic TanagerFemale Hepatic TanagerFemale Hepatic TanagerPalm Tanager, Thraupis palmarum