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Meet The Vermillion Flycatcher – The Tiny, Chubby, Scarlet Red Bird

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This little feathered ember is one of the most spectacular birds found in its region

Found in the desert areas of the Americas, this bird sports a bright red crown and underparts and black-ish mask.

This bird’s genus name is Pyrocephalus, which literally translates to ‘fire-headed.’

The Vermillion Flycatcher does precisely what its name says, it catches flying insects from perches on shrub tops and fences.

You can often spot these birds in insect-rich places like the edges of wetlands.

There are overall 12 subspecies of the Vermilion Flycatcher found across America, they range from bright red to gray-brown overall.

During the males courtship, they will often bring gifts such as a butterfly or other ornate insect.

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The male of the species is known for its high, fluttering display in the air as well as its twittering song.

The oldest ever recorded Vermillion Flycatcher was 4 and a half years old, found in Mexico.

The birds are prone to wander and have been spotted as far north as Minnesota.

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Written by Joe Kahlo

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