Sunday, March 6, 2011

Flame-colored Tanager found dead in McAllen 3/4/2011

Here's a few pictures of the Flame-colored Tanager that was found dead in McAllen on Friday. The specimen is already headed to TCWC and Dr. Arnold. This bird hit a window in a brand new subdivision, so new that the landscaping was still not installed. Where it was coming from and where it was headed to is a mystery.

We were very fortunate that the real estate agent that was at the new model home took a photo of the bird and posted it on Facebook, where Tony Bennett, noted bird artist, quickly identified it as a Flame-colored Tanager. The rest, as they say, is history.

This is the first Texas specimen and third LRGV record of Flame-colored Tanager.

Learn more about ending bird window strikes at and here's a flyer on the subject from the American Bird Conservancy.