Vermillion Flycatcher

The Vermillion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) is a species of passerine bird that is found in the southwestern United States, Central America, and northern and central South America. It is also found further south to central Argentina. It is the only species in the genus Pyrocephalus.

The adult is about 7 inches long. The male is bright red in color with dark brown plumage. The female has a peach-colored belly with dark gray upperparts. The female is also similar in appearance to Say’s Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe). The male tends to lose its bright coloring when taken from the wild and kept in cages.

This bird feeds mainly on insects such as flies, grasshoppers and beetles. They take them from mid-aid, after a short sally from a perch in a tree or bush. The female lays two to three whitish eggs in a nest made from twigs, stems and roots. The nest is lined with hair. The female incubates the eggs for 2 weeks and the young fledge about fifteen days after hatching.

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