Vermilion Flycatcher

Vermilion Flycatcher by Jeff Trahan
© Jeff Trahan
Pyrocephalus rubinus
The regular presence in winter of Vermilion Flycatcher in Louisiana and elsewhere on the northern Gulf Coast is not easy to explain, since the species is a bird of southwestern United States and Mexico. To reach Louisiana in fall these little flycatchers must, as a minimum, move more than a thousand miles eastward (if our birds come from Nevada or Utah) or hundreds of miles to the northeast (if they come from the lower Rio Grande Valley). In either case, they come at a time when migratory birds ordinarily are moving southward. The species arrives in mid-September and departs usually by early March, but it has been known to remain as late as April 17 at the Natchitoches Fish Hatchery. City Park in New Orleans used to be the one place where individuals could be found almost every winter, although an adult male wintered on the Louisiana State University campus in Baton Rouge for several years in succession, and one or two individuals are found nearly every winter on the headquarters grounds of the Sabine National Wildlife Refuge in Cameron Parish. Actually it can be expected almost anywhere in the state, even in the northern sections, for it is fairly regular in winter in the Shreveport area.
The favorite habitat of the Vermilion Flycatcher when it is in Louisiana is the periphery of a small pond that has a least a few willows on its edge. The male is resplendent in color and is so distinctively marked that it could hardly be mistaken for any other bird.--George H. Lowery, Jr., 1974, Louisiana Birds

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