tan·​a·​ger | \ ˈta-ni-jər How to pronounce tanager (audio) \

Definition of tanager

: any of numerous chiefly tropical American oscine birds (family Thraupidae) that are often brightly colored and inhabit mostly woodlands — compare scarlet tanager

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Recent Examples on the Web The birds comprised two toucanets and 16 tanagers – species of delicate, brightly colored birds that are common targets for wildlife traffickers, SERFOR said. Fox News, "Belgian man arrested in Peru airport with 20 live birds in suitcase, investigators say," 17 Jan. 2020 Macaws passed over, tanagers flocked in the branches closest to us, but my gaze kept returning to my friend. Nell Zink, Harper's magazine, "The Bird Angle," 28 Oct. 2019 Explore the outdoors Wildlife can be easily experienced in the Botanical Garden, home to an immense diversity of plants and animals like toucans, capuchin monkeys, capybaras, and tanagers. National Geographic, "See Rio like a Nat Geo Explorer," 11 Mar. 2019 The wooded areas hold Eastern wood-pewees, summer tanagers and red-eyed vireos. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, "Cowan’s Ford Wildlife Refuge is a perfect spot for leisurely birding | Charlotte Observer," 4 May 2018 In less than an hour, Supplee spots yellow warblers, summer tanagers, yellow-breasted chats and a Bell's vireo — the four birds Audubon is gathering data on. Joshua Bowling, azcentral, "Program asks for public's help spotting, researching birds in regional counting project," 24 May 2018 The dawn chorus was productive, though, providing grasshopper sparrow, scarlet tanager, summer tanager and yellow-throated vireo, to name a few. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, "Goal for a Big Day: Count as many bird species as you can find | Charlotte Observer," 14 May 2018 Local breeding birds such as wood thrushes, great crested flycatchers, red-eyed vireos and summer tanagers will be here in a few days. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, "Spring comes sweeping in, and so do more migrants | Charlotte Observer," 4 Apr. 2018 Watch for birds: The park staff also notes that, for birders, the Painted Desert Visitor Center Plaza and the Painted Desert Rim Trail are good areas to see various species of birds, including western tanagers, hermit warblers and house finches. Susan B. Barnes, USA TODAY, "Petrified Forest National Park: 10 tips for your visit," 28 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of tanager

1801, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tanager

New Latin tanagra, modification of Portuguese tangará, any of various birds of the suboscine family Pipridae, from Tupi tagará, taŋgará

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“Tanager.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tanager. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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tan·​a·​ger | \ ˈta-ni-jər How to pronounce tanager (audio) \

Kids Definition of tanager

: a brightly colored mostly tropical bird that feeds on insects and fruit

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