Vermilion Flycatcher

About the Vermilion Flycatcher

The vermilion flycatcher is a strikingly colorful songbird found in the Americas. The males are especially vivid, with bright red plumage covering their head and underparts, contrasted by dark brown or black wings and back. Females are more subdued, featuring a pale reddish or pinkish belly and grayish-brown upperparts.

These birds inhabit open woodlands, scrublands, and semi-arid regions, often near water. They are skilled aerial hunters, catching insects mid-flight. Vermilion flycatchers are often seen perched conspicuously on branches or fence posts, scanning for prey.

Their call is a sharp "pit" or "peet," and during the breeding season, males perform acrobatic flight displays to attract females. They build cup-shaped nests in trees, using grass, twigs, and other plant materials. Typically, they lay 2-3 eggs, which are incubated primarily by the female.

Vermilion flycatchers are known for their territorial behavior, often defending their feeding and nesting areas vigorously. Their vibrant coloration and dynamic hunting style make them a favorite among bird enthusiasts.

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Today we are proud to announce that we have added the Vermilion Flycatcher to Birdorable as our 82nd bird. Known for its vivid red plumage in males, which contrasts beautifully against its brownish-black wings and tail, this bird is a visual spectacle. The females, while more...  Read more »

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