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The male is bright yellow with a red face. The wings, back, and tail are black. During non-breeding, the male has no red and the body has more of an olive tinge. Wing bars are light and the bill is pale and stout.
Spotted along the N. Wenas Road in eastern Washington. Cascade foothills shrub-steppe. Around 2000 ft a.s.l.
The Western tanager winters from central Mexico to Costa Rica. Some also winter in southern California.