Summer tanager: A blast of red on the refuge
Published 7:42 am Sunday, June 19, 2022
Those exploring Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge might see a flash of blue from a blue grosbeak or yellow from a prothonotary warbler. But when it comes to a flash of red, besides a male Northern cardinal, one might see the male summer tanager (Piranga rubra), which is the only totally red bird in North America, according to USFWS. The summer tanager eats a wide variety of insects, bugs and spiders and catches some flying insects in midflight.
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