Western Spindalis


(Spindalis zena)

Formerly called “Stripe-headed tanager,” this species is a rare visitor from the Bahamas or Cuba to southeast Florida. Both “black-backed” and “green-backed” variations occur. With the 2010 reclassification of the Piranga tanagers into the Cardinalae family, Western Spindalis became the only true tanager that could be seen in the United States.  However, as of July, 2017 the Western Spindalis been placed in a new family – Spindalidae.

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