19 January, 2010

Vermilion Flycatcher

Scientific Name: Pyrocephalus rubinus

Population Estimate: 5M to 50M

Range / Habitat: Found in southwestern United States, Central America, and northern and central South America, down to central Argentina. Also in the Galapagos Islands. Prefer semi-open areas with scrub, fences, scattered trees.

Field Notes: Medium-small flycatcher with strongly dimorphic plumage. Males (top photos) have bright red head and underparts with dark back and eyestripe. Females (bottom photo) have a drab brown head and back with white supercilium. Neck and chest is white, often streaked dusky, with salmon belly. Female similar to Say's Phoebe.

Personal Notes: We missed a photo opportunity in San Blas, Mexico but were rewarded with lots of these stunning birds in Belize.

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