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Piranga flava (Hepatic Tanager / Tangara roja piquioscura) | by Ernesto Uribe
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Piranga flava (Hepatic Tanager / Tangara roja piquioscura)

Hepatic Tanager is the most widely distributed Piranga tanager, ranging from the southwest United States south to northern Argentina. Its English name is based on the liver-red color of the adult male from the northern part of the species' range; however, its scientific name, flava, meaning "yellow," derives from the original description, which is based on a female from Paraguay. These names reflect both a characteristic of the genus Piranga, marked sexual dichromatism, and the broad range of coloration, habitat, and behavior encompassed within the Hepatic Tanager as currently recognized.

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Taken on November 11, 2011