VERMILION FLYCATCHER FACTS

  • Scientific Name:
    Pyrocephalus rubinus
  • Family:
    Tyrannidae
  • Length:
    14 cm (5.5 in)
Vermillion Flycatchers

Flycatchers are small birds with large heads; short, broad-based, flat bills; and short legs. They have a rather erect posture and feed by making sallies from exposed perches to catch passing insects. The two species resident in Galapagos are readily identifiable.

Identification:

Smaller and daintier than Large-billed Flycatcher. ADULT MALE: Unmistakable, with brilliant red crown and underparts, black mask and upperparts. ADULT FEMALE AND JUVENILE: Brown above and yellow below, with a whitish supercilium and pale throat and chin; lacks wing-bars. The subspecies dubius differs from nanus in being slightly smaller and generally paler in all plumages

Behavior:

Typical flycatcher, chasing insects in the air and foraging on the ground.

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