Definitions for tanagerˈtæn ə dʒər
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
tan•a•gerˈtæn ə dʒər(n.)
any of numerous New World songbirds of the subfamily Thraupinae (family Emberizidae), the males of which are brightly colored.
Origin of tanager:
1835–45; < NL tanagra (Linnaeus), alter. of Tupi
any of numerous New World woodland birds having brightly colored males
Any of several American passerine birds, of the family Thraupidae, that inhabit forests.
any one of numerous species of bright-colored singing birds belonging to Tanagra, Piranga, and allied genera. The scarlet tanager (Piranga erythromelas) and the summer redbird (Piranga rubra) are common species of the United States
The tanagers comprise the bird family Thraupidae, in the order Passeriformes. The family has an American distribution. There were traditionally about 240 species of tanagers, but the taxonomic treatment of this family's members is currently in a state of flux. As more of these birds are studied using modern molecular techniques it is expected that some genera may be relocated elsewhere. Already species in the genera Euphonia and Chlorophonia, which were once considered part of the tanager family, are now treated as members of Fringillidae, in their own subfamily. Likewise the genera Piranga, Chlorothraupis, and Habia appear to be members of the Cardinal family, and have been reassigned to that family by the AOU.
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