Vermilion Flycatcher (Leucistic) ~ Rare by Kimberly Chadwick

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Taken at Sweetwater Wetlands in Tucson, AZ Jan 2010

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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.

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,stream side bushes,etc. Females build a nest of sticks,grass,weeds, and feathers in the fork of a tree.

The male is somewhat similar to the Scarlet Tanager due to the striking red plumage (Though not in this case). Difference? You don’t see Scarlet Tanagers where you see Vermilion’s. The scarlet tanager does not have the mask across his face here as opposed to the vermilion flycatcher. The scarlet tanager is a larger bird. You wouldn’t necessarily find them in North America in the same area, however in their migratory route you will find them in the same area in South America where the tanager winters in the area where the flycatcher lives.

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


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Comments

  • WendyJC
    WendyJCalmost 5 years ago

    such a pretty bird!
    wonderful capture Kimberly :o)

  • Thanks Wendy for the comment and the fav!~☺

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppalmost 5 years ago

    Another neat capture of this rarity Kimberly, interesting associated read as well

  • I am pleased that you like it Larry~☺~ Thank you!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47almost 5 years ago

    Remarkable – again! The background is perfect.

  • The rains moved out and I took advantage of a sunny day. Thank you for your support Sheila~☺

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconalmost 5 years ago

    Another fantastic shot Kimberly!! Beautifully composed and great information!

  • Well I had a little birdie tell me about some info….☺……Thank you so much for your comments Blair!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Also for the fav! I appreciate that!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • lorilee
    lorileealmost 5 years ago

    What a lovely capture – - – so pretty!!!

  • Thank you very much Lorilee for you wonderful comment and the fav! ~☺

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • ECH52
    ECH52almost 5 years ago

    Beautiful capture Kimberly!!

  • Thank you so very much~☺~ I really appreciate you stopping by and leaving a great comment!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Virginia N. Fred
    Virginia N. Fredalmost 5 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS

  • Oh my gosh! Thank you so very much, I am honored☺♥

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Tracey  Dryka
    Tracey Drykaalmost 5 years ago
    …… wow what a cutie!
  • Thank you so very much for saying so! I am pleased as well as proud. Not to mentioned a bit Dumb-struck! Thanks for stopping by!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • JHRphotoART
    JHRphotoARTalmost 5 years ago

    Wonderful image Kim.
    Congratulations on the feature :-)))
    Best regards Yani & Renata

  • I thank you for your great and kind comment! I am thankful for this honor and my supporters!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Kymie
    Kymiealmost 5 years ago

    So sweet, what a wonderful photo :-)

  • Thanks again Kymie~☺~!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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