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Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

March 27, 2008
7:36 PM

Post #4717929

I've recently seen a bird here in my garden in Houston that I have never seen before and cannot identify. I'm hoping someone on here can help. Unfortunately, I couldn't get a decent photo of it. I did call the Audoban society, but they weren't much help. The bird was a bright orangeish red. Not the color of a cardinal, more like a tanager. It had a yellowish green breast. I mean it truly matched the artist's color sap green. It was slightly larger than a cardinal. Definitely not a finch of any sort. I've looked through my Texas bird book and there is nothing like it in there. The closest I can find is the Summer Tanager, but it doesn't have the yellow breast. Anyone have any idea what this might have been?


United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

March 27, 2008
11:20 PM

Post #4718644

How about immature (one year old) male, or female, Summer Tanager? They do have yellow underparts.

Summer Tanager is actually a little bit smaller than Cardinal, but size is always difficult to judge.

Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

March 27, 2008
11:23 PM

Post #4718657

Thanks very much. It may have been a Summer Tanager, but this had a perfect oval of sap green, so I'm not sure. They aren't common here, and I've never seen it again after that two or three days in a row. We get a huge amount of migratory birds through this area though, so it could have been anything. I've just never found an illustration in any birding book that looks like it.

I do appreciate the info.


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