Vermilion Flycatcher

(Pyrocephalus obscurus)

A feathered ember in a desert landscape, the male Vermilion Flycatcher is exactly what its name says: a brilliant red bird that hawks flying insects from conspicuous perches on shrub tops and fences. Females are delightful in their own way, subtle gray-brown birds with a warm salmon-red blush to the underparts. Though they barely reach the southwestern U.S., this species is common all the way through Central America and much of South America. Watch for the male's high, fluttering flight display and listen for his twittering display song.

The Vermilion Flycatcher's genus name, Pyrocephalus, literally translates to "fire-headed."

Information from the All About Birds website,, © Cornell Lab of Ornithology.