Meaning of tanager in English:


Pronunciation /ˈtanədʒə/

Translate tanager into Spanish


  • A small American songbird of the bunting family, the male of which typically has brightly coloured plumage.

    Family Emberizidae (subfamily Thraupinae): many genera, in particular Tangara, and numerous species

    ‘Shade plantations also provide homes to seasonal migrants like warblers, orioles, tanagers, and hummingbirds.’
    • ‘I saw mockingbirds and bluebirds on my slow drive back, but grosbeaks, tanagers, kingbirds, and buntings are apparently not back yet.’
    • ‘You may also find cuckoos, kingbirds, flycatchers, swifts, swallows, orioles, and tanagers in the fall.’
    • ‘On the other hand, tanagers are mostly found in the narrow canopy layer where fruits can be found.’
    • ‘At first it's impossible to see anything through the thick mass of branches, but suddenly I spot a beautiful scarlet-plumed tanager perched on a branch.’


Early 17th century (originally as tangara): from Tupi tangará, later refashioned on the pattern of the modern Latin genus name Tanagra.