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Little vermilion flycatcher

Little vermilion flycatcher
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Common name:

Little vermilion flycatcher

Scientific name:

Pyrocephalus nanus

Spanish name:

Pájaro brujo

Conservation status:



Average lifespan:

5 years

Average size:

13 centimetres

Average weight:

12 grams


The little vermilion flycatcher is an endemic species to Galapagos and is closely related to the vermillion flycatcher found on the mainland Americas. The males have a striking red plumage, with black wings and eye markings. The females are much harder to spot with their comparatively drab greyish colour and peach-coloured breast. The vermilion flycatchers of Galapagos are slightly smaller and duller than their mainland counterparts, however in Galapagos the male vermilion flycatcher is the only truly bright land bird. 

Like all flycatchers, they feed on a variety of insects, often snatching them and feeding on the wing. Their typical habitat is Scalesia, Tournefortia, and Zanthoxylum forest; these are the primary forests that have largely disappeared from the inhabited islands due to clearing for agriculture.

Little vermilion flycatchers in Galapagos

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