About Cardinals and Tanagers . . . .

Cardinals and Tanagers are only found in the Americas. Defining the separation between cardinals and tanagers seems to be difficult even for the bird community so for this page I will try to keep it simple knowing that some specific species may be part of the other family.

The cardinal family is made up of cardinals, grosbeaks and bunting. There are around 58 species in the cardinal family of birds and they usually live at the edges of woodlands. They are medium-sized and are seed eaters. They have strong, cone-shaped bills that are used to crack open seeds.

The tanager family is made up of flowerpiercers, honeycreeper, seedeaters and tanagers along with some other variously names species. The family contains between 300 to 400 species. Tanagers are not easily defined but they are typically small and very colorful.

Tanagers are omnivorous and their diets vary by species. They will eat fruits, seeds, nectar, flower parts and insects and their bill size and shape are suitable for their food source. They live in a diverse range of ecosystems including woodlands, wetlands, swamps and rainforests. They can also be seen in urban areas like farms, pastures, parks, gardens and cities.

I will be adding more species of Cardinals and Tanagers as I am able to see them and photograph them so check back later to see my new photos of these birds.

Cardinals

Bunting

Indigo Bunting

Male

Texas

Female

Texas

Male

Texas

Female

Texas

Male

Texas

Female

Texas

Male

Texas

Painted Bunting

Male

Texas

Female

Texas

Cardinals

Northern Cardinal

Male

Texas

Female

Texas

Female

Texas

Male

Texas

Male

Texas

Male

Texas

Male

Texas

Male

Texas

Juvenile

Texas

Red-crested Cardinal

Male

Hawaii

Male

Hawaii

Male

Hawaii

Male

Hawaii

Male

Hawaii

Male

Hawaii

Female

Hawaii

Female and Male

Hawaii

Yellow-billed Cardinal

Juvenile

Hawaii

Juvenile

Hawaii

Juvenile

Hawaii

Juvenile

Hawaii

Grosbeak

Red-breasted Grosbeak

Male

Texas

Male

Texas

Male

Texas

Female

Texas

Male

Texas

Female

Texas

Tanagers

Honeycreepers

Green Honeycreeper

Male

Trinidad

Female

Trinidad

Female

Trinidad

Male

Trinidad

Male

Trinidad

Female

Trinidad

Purple Honeycreeper

Trinidad

Trinidad

Trinidad

Trinidad

Trinidad

Trinidad

Red-legged Honeycreeper

Costa Rica

Seedeaters

Morelet’s Seedeater

Costa Rica

Variable Seedeater

Juvenile

Costa Rica

Tanagers

Blue-gray Tanager

Costa Rica

Trinidad

Palm Tanager

Trinidad

Trinidad

Trinidad

Trinidad

Trinidad

Trinidad

Trinidad

Scarlet Tanager

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Scarlot-rumped Tanager

Female

Costa Rica

Female

Costa Rica

Female

Costa Rica

Summer Tanager

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

White-lined Tanager

Female

Trinidad

Female

Trinidad

Male

Trinidad

Female

Trinidad

Male

Trinidad

Female

Trinidad

Female

Trinidad

Various Named Species

Bananaquit

Trinidad

Trinidad

Trinidad

Trinidad

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