Summer Tanager

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This summer tanager was found perched in the tress of Chapel Hill.

Taxonomy

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Aves

Order: Passeriformes

Family: Thraupidae

Fun Fact!

According to All About Birds, “the Summer Tanager is a bee and wasp specialist. It catches these insects in flight and kills them by beating them against a branch. Before eating a bee, the tanager rubs it on the branch to remove the stinger.” (http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/summer_tanager/lifehistory)

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