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Your turn: What the Heck is a Tanager?

That’s a question a lot of birders are asking these days. And here’s a hint: “Scarlet”, “Summer”, “Western”, and “Hepatic”, are not the answers.

In the lead article in the 2013 issue of Birder’s Guide to Listing and Taxonomy, author Alan Knue walks us through the vast assemblage of “nine-primaries oscines”, with the goal of explaining what a tanager is (and what it’s not).

It’s a colorful journey that–in the ABA Area, at least–ends at a not-so-colorful destination. But you’ll have to read the article to find out where that is! To read the article, and the entire issue online, just click here.

Alan and I both invite you to share your comments, questions, and elucidations below.

What the Heck is a Tanager?

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Michael Retter
Michael L. P. Retter is the editor of the ABA's newest magazine, Birder's Guide. He also wears his ABA cap while working as a Technical Reviewer for Birding magazine. When not at home, Michael is often leading tours in Middle America (Mexico through Panama). He currently lives with his fiancé, Matt, in Fort Worth, Texas. In his fleeting free time there, he pursues interests in horticulture (especially orchids), music, cooking, and numismatics. Michael also runs GBNA, the continent's informal club and email list for LGBT birders.
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