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(Pyrocephalus rubinus)

“For birders who visit from all over the country, the male Vermilion Flycatcher is on their ‘bucket list,’” says photographer Leslie Leathers. “I see these birds all over Tucson, especially in parks, golf courses and by ponds or lakes. They are fun to watch — they’ll perch on a branch, and when the timing is right they’ll fly out and catch an insect in mid-flight. They’re so striking that even though I have many photos of them, I always want to take another.” If you are lucky enough to witness one of these colorful males flying high in the air and fluttering about while vocalizing … well, he’s singing his “ flight song!”