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Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus)

Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus)

Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus)



Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) Female Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) Male

Class: Aves
Family: Tyrannidae
Common Name: Vermilion Flycatcher
Genus: Pyrocephalus
Species Name: rubinus

About The Vermilion Flycatcher

As its name suggests, the vermilion flycatcher feeds on insects, including flies, butterflies, grasshoppers, beetles, termites, bees and spiders. Hunting takes places from an exposed perch, from which the flycatcher darts out to snatch passing prey in the air, or sometimes drops to take it from the ground (2) (4) (6). During the breeding season, the male vermilion flycatcher performs a spectacular display flight. Fluffing out the feathers and raising the crest on the head, the male flies up, flapping furiously, to about 30 or more metres in the air, before hovering for a few moments and dropping back down to a perch, all the while repeating his musical song (2) (3) (6). Breeding usually takes place between March and July in the far north of the species' range, and between October and January in the far south. The nest is built in a horizontal fork of a tree, and comprises a shallow cup of twigs, grass, small roots and lichens, held together with spiderwebs and lined with feathers and hair (2) (6). Two to three eggs are laid, and are incubated by the female for 13 to 15 days, during which time the male will often bring food to the female at the nest (2) (4) (8). Both the male and female vermilion flycatcher help feed the young, which fledge after about 13 to 18 days, and the pair may then go on to raise a second brood (2) (4). Vermilion flycatcher nests are sometimes parasitised by cowbirds, brood parasites that use the vermilion flycatcher as hosts to raise the cowbirds' young (2) (10).

Rights Holder: Wildscreen

Trips Where Observed

Brazil
Chile
Galapagos Islands
Mexico to Panama
Mexico, Baja California Sur
Mexico, Nayarit
Southeast Arizona

Member Lifelists

Australasia
California
Ecuador
Galapagos Islands
Mexico
North America
South America
United States
World

Sites Where Observed

Location
Date
Notes
11/25/2001
At the campground
12/25/2001
On the road to the beach.
12/7/2006
seen from quite a distance in the highlands, this could have been something else.
1/4/2008
Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) Female
7/15/2011

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