Elegant Beauty: The Vermilion Flycatcher’s Radiant Red Splendor

Recently in Cape Cod, a scientist managed to capture rare photos of a bird never seen in the area before!

“I was shocked to have stumbled upon a Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus obscurus) in Brewster on Friday because the closest population of this particular bird is believed to be in Arizona or Texas,” said Mark Faherty.

Mark thinks the bird may have originated from Venezuela.“This species had only been recorded three times in Massachusetts, with those records spread out between 1954 and 2017.”

“589 – VERMILLION FLYCATCHER (7-11-11) rio rico ponds, scc, az – (1)” by Sloalan is marked with CC0 1.0.

Unsurprisingly this bird’s presence has attracted many bird lovers to Cape Cod in the hopes of catching sight of the rare visitor.

– Looking fabulous, to say the least, in his suit of incandescent fiery red, this a South American bird looks quite unlike any other!

“Since I found it on Friday, I suspect a few hundred folks from multiple states have been to Brewster to see it, some multiple times, likely causing a one-bird spike in the shoulder season economy,” Mark said in his piece.

Photo Courtesy of Nigel/CC BY 2.0

Faherty described the bird in his photos as a “truly stunning” male with the “red plumage of an adult, though more orangey and less intense.”


The bird will likely stick around for a while, but Faherty recommended that enthusiasts seek it out sooner rather than later.

You can watch the Vermillion Flycatcher right here in the video below:

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