Vermilion Flycatcher



Scientific name: Pyrocephalus rubinus

The common plumage difference between male and female songbirds is taken to an extreme in the Vermilion Flycatcher, in which males are a stunningly bright red, and females are much more cryptically colored. In much of its U.S. range, the Vermilion Flycatcher is migratory, but it is a resident in other parts of its range.

Nest parasitism by the Brown-headed Cowbird appears to be fairly low, but when it does occur, fewer flycatchers are successfully raised. Male Vermilion Flycatchers have been shown to spend less time feeding young in nests that were parasitized.