Vermilion Flycatcher

The Vermilion Flycatcher is a bright red bird beloved by birders and photographers throughout the Western Hemisphere.

March 14, 2021

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Vermilion Flycatcher


The Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) is a charming bird found in the arid southwest of the United States, as well as in Mexico and down to southern South America.

This bright red flycatcher is a favorite of birders and bird photographers. Join Ivan as he introduces you to the basic features of this species. 

We’ll also take a look at some interesting questions, like “Why are the Vermilion Flycatchers of Lima, Peru so dark and sooty-looking?”

Note: Some ornithological authorities have now split this species into several. Under this new classification, the birds found in the US, Mexico, and northern South American are Pyrocephalus obscurus, not P. rubinus.

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A male Vermilion Flycatcher. Photo by Stan/Adobe
A female Vermilion Flycatcher. Photo by Gary Clark.
Male Vermilion Flycatcher in Oaxaca, Mexico. Photo by Ivan Phillipsen.
Male Vermilion Flycatcher at nest, Arizona. Photo by Scott Olmstead.
Vermilion Flycatcher eggs in nest. Photo by Clinton and Charles Robertson.


This work by Ivan Phillipsen is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

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