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Vermilion Flycatcher

Pyrocephalus rubinus

The Vermilion Flycatcher is a strikingly handsome bird. We find it in the New World in open brushy areas near water. In the Southwestern USA, they are resident near the border with Mexico, but sometimes push north a few hundred miles to breed in summer. Southern Nevada is another location where we find them year-round. Science currently recognizes nine subspecies of Vermillion Flycatchers, some of whose ranges extend south as far as Argentina.

I can remember well my first meetings with Vermillion Flycatchers. I was relatively new to birding in 2003 and exploring southern Arizona’s Arivaca Ciénega when I saw both male and female birds hawking insects from reedy stalks in the middle of the marshes there. It’s impossible to ignore these birds, or not be impressed, especially the rich, bold coloration of the males that give these birds their name. I didn’t photograph those first birds, but the image is burned into my memory to this day. I returned the following morning and captured some of the images on display in this gallery.

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