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Vermilion Flycatcher
This species is a rarity in Northern California but increasingly regular as a winter visitor to the Central Valley. These small colorful flycatchers breed locally in Southern California. This is an adult female based on its rich red-orange color. California birds are of the northern migratory race, P. r. flammeus characterized by paler grayer mantle, more orange coloration and paler streaking on the breast of the female as seen here. Recent analysis of their genetics and vocalizations indicates that the current taxonomy needs revision and this species may comprise four to six species over its vast range in the Americas. See SACC proposal 818 for details: https://www.museum.lsu.edu/~Remsen/SACCprop818.htm
This species has one of the most misspelled English bird names in North America, probably second only to Steller's Jay.
Location
Merced, California, USA.
Date taken
17 February 2021
Scientific name
Pyrocephalus rubinus
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Opus Editor
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You sure are having a wonderful run of rare visitors Joe.... and this is a real pretty one, isn't she.

A fantastic picture you've taken of the wee flycatcher my friend, with some superb plumage detail. Thanks lad.
 
Opus Editor
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Joseph,
This photo was used today, 22 February 2021, to help illustrate the Vermilion Flycatcher article in Opus.

Thank you for your generosity in sharing this with us.

Barney
 

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Category
North America
Added by
jmorlan
Date added
View count
135
Comment count
9

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Device
Canon Canon PowerShot SX70 HS
Aperture
ƒ/8
Focal length
247.0 mm
Exposure time
1/1000
ISO
100
Filename
VermilionFlycatcherIMG_5770.jpg
File size
260 KB
Date taken
Wed, 17 February 2021 10:25 AM
Dimensions
1024px x 873px

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