Vermilion Flycatcher

Pyrocephalus rubinus

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Code 4

VEFL

Code 6

PYRRUB

ITIS

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CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Vermilion Flycatcher has a large range, estimated globally at 7,100,000 square kilometers. Native to the Americas, this bird prefers shrubland, savanna, or forest ecosystems. The global population of this bird is estimated at 2,000,000 individuals and does not show signs of decline that would necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. For this reason, the current evaluation status of the Vermilion Flycatcher is Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Vermilion Flycatcher: Small, stocky flycatcher, gray-black upperparts and scarlet-red crown, throat, and underparts. Face has thick, black eye-line. Wings and tail are gray-black; tail has thin white tip. Female has gray-brown upperparts, white underparts with brown streaks, and a pink belly and vent. Weak fluttering flight on shallow wing beats. Hovers in display flight and when foraging.


Range and Habitat

Vermilion Flycatcher: This species breeds from southeastern California east to central Texas and south throughout Mexico and into the tropics. It spends winters in southern part of breeding range, but wanders as far east as the Gulf Coast from Mexico to Florida. Found in wooded or brushy areas near water.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"pit-pitasee, pit-pit-pitasee", "pitz"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Vermilion Flycatcher was first described in 1783 by Pieter Boddaert, a Dutch physician and naturalist.
  • Alternate names for this bird include Galapagos Flycatcher and Darwin’s Flycatcher.
  • The male often seeks to initiate copulation by delivering a butterfly or other showy insect to the female.
  • A group of flycatchers has many collective nouns, including an "outfield", "swatting", "zapper", and "zipper" of flycatchers.

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Michael Oberhofer

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