Reserva Ecológica Costanera Sur

Sitio realizado por aficionados a la observación de aves desde 10 de enero 2006

Vermilion Flycatcher - Pyrocephalus rubinus

Order: Passeriformes (Suboscines) - Family: Tryannidae Status: Summer visitor - Frequent. Habitat: Woods, marshes, bushland and grassland

Adult Male
Churrinche/Vermilion Flycatcher
Red crown, half-crest and underparts
9-2006 © Jorge García Vicente
Churrinche/Vermilion FlycatcherBlackish upperparts
9-2006 © Luis G. Olarte
Churrinche/Vermilion FlycatcherBlackish wings and tail
9-2006 © Hugo Hulsberg
Churrinche/Vermilion Flycatcher

9-2006 © Hugo Hulsberg

Adult Female
Churrinche/Vermilion Flycatcher
Rosy undertail coverts
8-2006 © Hugo Hulsberg
Churrinche/Vermilion Flycatcher
Yellow lower belly
4-2008 © Hugo Hulsberg
Churrinche/Vermilion Flycatcher1-2007 © Jorge García Vicente Churrinche/Vermilion Flycatcher11-2006 © Roberto Ares

Typical behaviour of perching low near water to feed. It sallies out, in a stretching-like flight coming back to the initial point.
© Roberto Ares
Vermilion Flycatcher Pyrocephalus rubinusChurrinche/Vermilion Flycatcher© Nicolás Giorgio
After reevalutating these photos and with some more data provided by Nicolás there is no doubt that Nicolás witnessed part of a courtship feedind.
Fraga in his article "Notas sobre la reproducción del Churrinche" (Pyrocephalus rubinus) (1977), describes the courtship: “Pairs are formed right away and I observed males feeding their females (courtship feeding) already in the second half of September. To do so, they keep an insect in their bill, as they call the female with monosyllabic notes and sometimes fluttering nervously. In almost of all cases qhen the female takes the insect the male copulates or tries to.” Photos show the offering of food and the fluttering. Neither the female nor the end of the action is seen. But the female was there. In fact Nicolás took a picture of her. And this was the first photographic record of a female of the season. The Vermilion Flycatcher is a migratory bird which comes to the south during the summer to breed. Dolores Fernández sent the first photographic record of a male on 31st of August and Nicolás, the first of a female on 18th of September, which ratifies the fact that males arrive earlier than females. CR