Range is Southeastern Canada and Eastern United States. Winters in South America. Tanagers seem almost too bright and exotic for the northeastern woodlands. These birds are fairly common in oak forests in the summer, but often remain out of sight as they forage in the leafy upper branches.
- In summer, feed mostly on insects; also eat wild fruits and berries, including those of mulberry, elder, sumac and many others.
- Site is usually in a tree, 20-50' high, place on a horizontal branch, usually well out from the trunk. Nest is by the female only, and is a shallow cup of twigs, weeds and grassroots, all lined with fine materials.
- 2-3, usually blue-green with spots of brown. Incubation is by the female only, about 12-14 days.
- Both parents feed the nestlings, with mostdone by the female. Young leave the nest after 9-15 days, but are tended by the parents for 2 weeks more.