[CT Birds] Summer Tanager? Or Saffron Finch.

Andrew Block ablock22168 at yahoo.com
Fri Apr 22 11:30:38 EDT 2016

I agree with Frank.  It's either a Saffron or one of the African canaries.  Both are kept as captives.
Andrew Andrew v. F. Block
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      From: Frank Mantlik via CTBirds <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
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 Sent: Thursday, April 21, 2016 8:59 PM
 Subject: [CT Birds] Summer Tanager? Or Saffron Finch.
4/21. Brookfield, Old Grays Bridge Rd. ball field - Today Chris Bosak found and photographed a mostly yellow bird with some orange on the head. At first glance he thought it was maybe an early Yellow Warbler. But with the orangey head, he suspected maybe it was a young male Summer Tanager. He texted a photo to me, and after some consideration as to ID, I suggested it looked like a male SAFFRON FINCH, a species native to Venezuela, Brazil and other South American countries. It is also kept as a cage bird, probably mostly by people from that region.

Check out Chris' photos and write-up on his blog:


Wasn't a "possible Western Tanager" also reported from CT recently?

Frank Mantlik

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