The Vermillion Flycatcher is a stunning species of flycatcher to see, as its bright red plumage is the most colorful of the species. A resident of Arizona, you may spot in on your next visit to the Santa Rita Mountains south of Tucson.
While the name Vermillion describes the coloring of this flycatcher, there are other common names used, including the Galapagos and Darwin’s Flycatcher.
This is a small bird, with the male being far more brilliant than the female. The red is found on the crown, throat and underparts, while there is gray to black on top. The female is more pink than red, with gray to brown on the upperparts and white underneath.
When the male is interested in a female, he will bring her a brightly colored butterfly or other insect with colors to win her favor.
Reference: The Nature of Madera Canyon by Douglas W. Moore, Friends of Madera, 1999; whatbird.com