The Vermilion Flycatcher
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John Cassin (1813-1869)
Plate 43, The Vermilion Flycatcher
From: Illustrations of the Birds of California, Texas, Oregon, British and Russian America
Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co., 1856
Paper dimensions: 6 ¾ ” x 10 ½ "
Framed dimensions: 12 ¾” x 21 ”
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A spectacular and distinctive flycatcher, the bright red Vermilion Flycatcher inhabits riparian areas and scrub in the southwestern United States and southward. It perches conspicuously, making periodic flights to nab insect prey. The male has bright red or red-orange head and underparts, while the female is dull grayish brown above, with pale red under the tail and a streaked whitish chest. They young have scaly grayish back, white underparts, white outer tail feathers, and dusky spotting across the chest.