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 For the study, researchers looked at 20 birds from ten different tanager species or subspecies, with one male and one female representing each species, housed in the ornithology collection of the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 May 2021 For male tanager birds, carotenoid feather pigments just aren't flashy enough. Matt Simon, Wired, 30 Apr. 2021 For the new study, McCoy and her colleagues studied 20 specimens — one male and one female from each of 10 tanager species or subspecies — in the ornithology collection at the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology. BostonGlobe.com, 21 Apr. 2021 The tanager thrives in mature hardwood forests, and those cannot simply pick up their roots and walk to cooler climates. Kathryn Schulz, The New Yorker, 29 Mar. 2021 And in a huge upset, the bottom-seeded American goldfinch, a common backyard visitor, knocked off the western tanager in the Yellow Regional. Paul Eisenberg, chicagotribune.com, 21 Mar. 2021 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, 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, 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, 11 Mar. 2019

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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 23 Oct. 2021.

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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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