Thursday, September 3, 2015

Western Tanager

Western Tanager
Kings Beach, Lake Tahoe, California, USA
June 2015
Member of the Tanager Family
§A Season of Tanagers§
The Northernmost Occurring Tanager (usually a tropical bird)★

{Etymology Corner} The word Tanager (and thus our concept of the family of birds) originates from the native peoples of Brazil, the Tupi, before colonial contact.

 ~true bird fact~ Unlike many members of his colorful family, his bright red color is not internally produced. Rather, like flamingos and spoonbills, he gets it from the food he eats (bugs) (gross).

Has an easy self confidence that leads to social success
Fond of wacky affectations. A "crazy guy"
Popular conversation topics include drug adventures and romantic conquests. Off-color jokes are frequent
Will suddenly turn into a successful business man at some point

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