More Baja Birds. A lifer for me, The Vermillion Flycatcher.


This little girl (6″) is easily mistaken for a Say’s Phoebe from a distance.  The female Vermillion Flycatchers seem to arrive ahead of the males in Baja California Sur during their southern migration.  I can’t wait to see male adults, which are strikingly red and brown.  Adult females are grayish-brown above, with a blackish tail; throat and breast are white, with dusky streaking. The belly and under-tail coverts are peach-colored.

The typical call note is a sharp, thin pseep.  This bird frequently pumps and spreads it’s tail.  I find these birds near small wooded ponds and streamsides.

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