Taken at Sweetwater Wetlands, Tucson,AZ Jan 2010
123 views as of 3-4-10
Generally seen alone or paired, perches on a low branch to scan for prey. Spotting it, then darting after the flying insects, catching them on the wing. Will also pounce on prey seen on the ground from a low perch. Like a Phoebe, pumps and spreads its tail continuously while perched.
Found near sources of water in arid and semiarid regions. Man-made irrigation zones,small wooded ponds,streamside bushes,etc. Females build a nest of sticks,grass,weeds, and feathers in the fork of a tree.
The male, as seen here, is somewhat similar to the Scarlet Tanager due to the striking red plumage. Difference? You don’t see Scarlet Tanagers where you see Vermilions. (That’s what my resource books say)
Leucism is a condition characterized by reduced pigmentation in animals and humans. Unlike albinism, it is caused by a reduction in all types of skin pigment, not just melanin.
This lil bird has become the celebrity at the wetlands. I have been several times and this day had the most I have seen. All to see this lil angel bird.
VOICE Song a rolling pi-pi-pi-piprrrrt!, rising then falling; repeated with mechanical regularity, often during slow, butterfly-like display. CALL a sharp, high pseep