Range. - United States, west of the Plains and north to British Columbia.
This handsome species is black and yellow, with an orange or reddish head.
They are common and breed in suitable localities through their range, nesting as do the eastern Tanagers in trees usually at a low elevation, the nests being saddled on the forks of horizontal branches; they are made of rootlets, strips of bark, and weed stalks, and are usually frail like those of the Grosbeaks.
Their eggs, which are laid in May or June, are bluish green, specked with brown of varying shades. Size .95 x .65.