Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus)

The Vermilion Flycatcher is very small when compared with most Flycatchers found in Costa Rica, however it might easily be the most beautiful. Its deep red body is refreshing to see, since Costa Rican species are mostly yellow instead. The body plan is pretty similar to a Great Kiskadee or Social Flycatcher, just a lot smaller and plumper body. The back is dark grey and the red crest is sometimes raised. They are relatively shy but very active, particularly in the morning where they ca be seen catching insects and returning to the same perch in a typical flycatcher fasion.

Vermilion Flycatcher - Pyrocephalus rubinus - Titiribí Pechirrojo (2)

A small flycatcher with a very conspicuous coloration. From a distance, it looks like a small moving red dot.

Vermilion Flycatcher - Pyrocephalus rubinus - Titiribí Pechirrojo (3)

From close up, the bird clearly has a flycatcher body, but the red color is really unexpected. The back, bill and legs are black.

Vermilion Flycatcher - Pyrocephalus rubinus - Titiribí Pechirrojo (4)

This species is found in Mexico and southamerica, but there have been reports in Costa Rica’s frontier with Panama, meaning we could be seeing it close by in the next years.

Vermilion Flycatcher - Pyrocephalus rubinus - Titiribí Pechirrojo (5)

It has a lot of personality with those feathers that are raised up like a crest.

Vermilion Flycatcher - Pyrocephalus rubinus - Titiribí Pechirrojo

It is relatively shy of people, but very common throughout the places we visited.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s