French: Piranga à dos rayé German: Blutkardinal Spanish: Piranga estriada
See remarks under P. ludoviciana. Four subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
P. b. bidentata
Swainson, 1827 – extreme SW USA (rare and irregular in S Arizona, casual in W Texas), and W Mexico from Sonora and Chihuahua S to Guerrero and E to vicinity of Mexico City.
P. b. flammea
Ridgway, 1887 – W Mexico (Nayarit and Tres Marías Is).
P. b. sanguinolenta
Lafresnaye, 1839 – E Mexico (from Nuevo León and Tamaulipas) S to Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and NC Nicaragua.
P. b. citrea
van Rossem, 1934 – mountains of Costa Rica and W Panama.
18–19 cm; 33·3–39·4 g (nominate), 32–48·4 g (flammea). Distinctive tanager with strong bill. Male nominate race has lores,... read more
Song, from high perch, a long series of phrases of 3–6 notes, rich, musical and reminiscent... read more
Canopy and treetops of moist and humid mountain forest, scattered trees in adjacent shady pastures... read more
Food and feeding
Small arthropods; also variety of berries, including those of Ericaceae, melastomes, Ficus and Satyria. Not very... read more
Breeding reported in Apr and May in Costa Rica and May in Panama. Nest a loose open cup of stiff rootlets, slender twigs and vine tendrils... read more
Largely resident; in Mexico may move to lower elevations during winter months. Rare pre-breeding... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally fairly common. Rare breeder in extreme S USA (S Arizona and W Texas), where first record (in Apr 1985, in Cave Creek Canyon, in... read more
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