Galapagos Vermilion Flycatcher Facts
Name: Vermilion Flytcatcher
Scientific name: Pyrocephalus rubinus
Length: 14 cm (5.5 in)
Weight: 11 and 14 g (0.39 and 0.49 oz).
Category: Land Birds
Number of Species: 49
Endemic Species: 22
In total, 49 species of land birds have been recorded in the Galapagos, 22 of which are endemic to the Islands. Land birds can be divided into 5 categories: Diurnal Raptors, Night Birds, Larger Land Birds, Aerial Feeders and Smaller Land Birds.
Endemic Subspecies: Vermilion Flycatcher, Yellow Warbler
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.
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
Typical flycatcher, chasing insects in the air and foraging on the ground.