Western Tanager

Piranga ludoviciana

Status: Very Rare (< 5 records)

Origins: Occurs across most of western United States and Canada, wintering south to Mexico and Central America. It is a rare visitor in the east.

Record Details: Three confirmed records for Newfoundland. (1) An individual was observed in St. John’s from November 20-25, 1988. (2) An adult male was photographed visiting a feeder in Point LaHaye on December 6, 2015 but was never relocated. (3) Another one-day wonder, an adult male was also photographed at Little Bay East, Fortune Bay on June 5, 2016.

There have been unconfirmed reports from two other locations: Brown’s Arm (June 5-7, 1993) and St. Lawrence (September 27-28, 2002). There are also two records for Labrador – an adult male visiting a yard in Happy-Valley Goose Bay in May 2007; and at Forteau from December 4-6, 2017.

* NOTE – This website is not an official account and “may” contain incorrect information and/or details of unconfirmed records. *

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