Photography of Birds – Set # 204

Set # 204

Vermillion Flycatchers

The Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus obscurus) is a small passerine bird in the tyrant flycatcher family found throughout South America and southern North America. It is a striking exception among the generally drab Tyrannidae due to its vermilion-red coloration. The males have bright red crowns, chests, and underparts, with brownish wings and tails. Females lack the vivid red coloration and can be hard to identify—they may be confused for the Say’s phoebe. The vermilion flycatcher’s song is a pit pit pit pidddrrrreeedrr, which is variable and important in establishing a territory. Riparian habitats and semi-open environments are preferred. As aerial insectivores, they catch their prey while flying. Their several months-long molt begins in summer.

© HJ Ruiz – Avian101

8 thoughts on “Photography of Birds – Set # 204

  1. How fantastic that you were able to capture these wonderful photos of both the female and male, HJ. I have only seen one vermillion flycatcher, it was a male, and oh my goodness what a strikingly beautiful bird.

  2. I find he Vermilion male truly gives red a whole new degree of meaning. Oddly enough, although tinned a lot a males, have not have the privilege of seeing a female yet -thanks for showing me what to look out for.

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