The male vermilion flycatcher is a tiny bright red bird. He is a real attention grabber! The first one we saw was in the Galapagos Islands on Isabela Island. We have also seen them in the Yunguilla Valley, just south of Cuenca, Ecuador.
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15 Facts About The Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus Rubinus)
- Can be found in the southwestern United States, Mexico, Central, and South America
- The adult males are blackish-brown with a bright red head, neck, and underside
- Their color fades in captivity
- The adult females are light grey with a peach-colored belly
- They grow to about six inches in length
- The young male resembles the adult female
- The young females have a yellow-colored belly
- Their nests are made of twigs and lined with hair/feathers
- They lay two to four whitish eggs
- The male and female share in raising the young
- The eggs hatch in about two weeks
- The young leave the nest after only 15 days
- They eat insects like grasshoppers, flies, dragonflies and beetles which they usually catch in midair
- They sometimes sing “peet-a-weet-a-weet, peet-peet“
- Are normally found in arid areas with low-lying bushes, near a water source
The Male and Female Vermilion Flycatcher
The male stands out so much more than the female!
Have you seen vermilion flycatchers? Where did you see them? We would love to hear all about it in the comments on this post.