Hirundinea ferruginea

The Cliff Flycatcher is a very sociable bird and is not bothered by the presence of humans. It measures about 6 to 7 inches in length and weighs 0,8 to 0,9 ounces. As its scientific name suggests, its body is predominantly rust-colored with shades ranging to dark gray. The wings and tail tip are dark gray with rust-colored details, and the chest is redder than its back and its head.

It hunts insects in the air through quick and acrobatic maneuvers. It builds its nest on window ledges and other sheltered spots from rain and wind. The nest is open and bowl-shaped. It lays 2 to 3 white eggs with rust-colored spots. Hatching occurs 19 days after the egg is laid.

It's an active bird and it chirps throughout most of the day, even in the hottest hours. They can be seen in small groups and love to inhabit cliffs, rocky walls, and mountains. They can also be found in urban areas, especially on high building ledges and antennas. They are restless birds and are always in contact with their partners.

They can be found throughout the Brazilian territory, and some populations are likely migratory.