Red-headed tanager

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Red-headed tanager
Red-headed Tanager (Piranga erythrocephala) (8079395236).jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Cardinalidae
Genus: Piranga
P. erythrocephala
Binomial name
Piranga erythrocephala
(Swainson, 1827)

The red-headed tanager (Piranga erythrocephala), is a medium-sized American songbird. Formerly placed in the tanager family (Thraupidae), it and other members of its genus are now classified in the cardinal family (Cardinalidae).[2] The species's plumage and vocalizations are similar to other members of the cardinal family. Along with the white-winged tanager and red-hooded tanager, it is sometimes placed in the genus Spermagra.

It is endemic to Mexico, where its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Piranga erythrocephala". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2012. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. ^ Remsen, J. V., Jr., C. D. Cadena, A. Jaramillo, M. Nores, J. F. Pacheco, M. B. Robbins, T. S. Schulenberg, F. G. Stiles, D. F. Stotz, and K. J. Zimmer. Version [2009-04-02]. [A classification of the bird species of South America Archived 2009-03-02 at the Wayback Machine. American Ornithologists' Union.

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