March 7, 2015 – Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus)

Requested by: gepwin

These small flycatchers are found in a large range across the Southwestern United States, Central America, and South America. They are insectivores, eating a variety of small invertebrates. When hunting, Vermilion Flycatchers perch on high branches and wait for prey. Once they see an insect they swiftly pursue it, often catching it in midair. During the breeding season the male displays by flying up to 33 feet (30 meters) above the forest canopy while singing. Males also try to entice females by bringing them butterflies or other impressive insects as gifts.

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