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Vermillion Flycatcher - Catalina State Park

Vermillion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus)

Vermillion Flycatchers (Pyrocephalus rubinus) are one my favorite birds. A male vermillion in full breeding color is striking and will attract your attention. They are not an abundant bird in the Tucson, Arizona area but if you know where to look they are easily found. They are usually found in open areas bordered by trees. They will perch on a tree limb with a view of an open area and fly down to seize insects near ground level.

Their range is through most of Mexico and south into Central and South America. Their northern range extends into the Southwestern U.S. including Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.

Catalina State Park is part of the Arizona State Park system. It is adjacent to the spectacular Santa Catalina Mountains near the Town of Oro Valley north of Tucson, Arizona. The Catalina mountains range from 2,800 to 8,800 feet and provide a wide range of biological diversity with 8 different life zones, from the Sonoran desert to subalpine forest.

This photo was captured on a tripod mounted camera with a 300mm lens at f8, 1/250 sec, ISO 200.