Tuesday, March 4, 2014

San Diego Year Bird #171: Vermilion Flycatcher

Vermilion Flycatcher
Vermilion Flycatcher. Escondido, California. February 16, 2014. Greg Gillson.
Unlike most drab flycatchers that are exceedingly difficult to tell apart, this little bird is an amazing hurt-your-eyes fiery red-orange color--yes, vermilion. The scientific name is Pyrocephalus rubinus, which means 'red fire-head.'

In fact, the bright red plumage, especially the crown, is quite fluffy, intensifying the appearance of flames. I am afraid the camera cannot catch the proper hue--the red is so intense that it is overexposed on the camera and not brilliant enough red--but you get the idea from these photos.

Vermilion Flycatcher