April 4, 2018 – Red-chested Sunbird (Cinnyris erythrocercus)
These sunbirds are found in eastern central Africa in parts of South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania. They eat nectar from coral trees, African tuliptrees, and other plants, along with insects and spiders, usually foraging in pairs. Breeding mostly between February and November, depending on their range, they build small hanging oval-shaped nests.
April 3, 2018 – White-bellied Sea-eagle, Australian White-bellied Sea Eagle, White-bellied Fish-eagle, White-breasted Fish-hawk, or White-breasted Sea-eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster)
These large eagles are found in parts of South and Southeast Asia, southern China, New Guinea, and Australia. They eat a variety of aquatic animals, including fish, sea snakes, water birds, and turtles, along with some land mammals and carrion. Monogamous pairs stay together for life, often reusing the same nest for many years. They usually build the large stick nests in trees near water, lining them with leaves, grasses, and seaweed. Females do most of the incubation and both parents feed the chicks.
April 2, 2018 – Scarlet-and-white Tanager (Chrysothlypis salmoni)
These tanagers are found in parts of western Colombia and northwestern Ecuador. Found in small flocks, sometimes with other species, they eat a variety of fruits, as well as insects and other arthropods. Little is known about their breeding behavior, but chicks from a previous brood are thought to assist their parents and fledgelings have been observed in April and May.
April 1, 2018 – Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrush (Monticola rufiventris)
These rock thrushes are found along the Himalayas into northern India, southeastern China, and parts of Southeast Asia. Their diet is mainly made up of invertebrates, including large insects like cicadas, which they knock against branches before eating. Breeding between March and May, they raise a single brood each year in a cup-shaped nest made from moss, leaves, grass, and other plant materials.
March 31, 2018 – Golden-breasted Bunting (Emberiza flaviventris)
These buntings are found across parts of central and Southern Africa. Foraging on the ground or in low trees and shrubs, they eat grass seeds, leaves, flower buds, and insects. They build messy cup-shaped nests from grass stems, tendrils, leaves, rootlets, other plant materials, and hair. Females incubate the eggs and both parents feed the chicks.
March 30, 2018 – Little Stint (Calidris minuta)
Breeding across northern Eurasia, these sandpipers winter in much of Africa and parts of the Middle East, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. They mostly eat invertebrates, including beetles, ants, flies, mollusks, and crustaceans, along with some plant material. They lay their eggs in scrapes on the ground lined with willow and birch leaves. Both parents incubate the eggs. Males and females may incubate separate clutches of eggs simultaneously.
March 29, 2018 – Golden-crested Myna (Ampeliceps coronatus)
These mynas are found in parts of India, China, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, and Cambodia. Foraging mostly in the canopy in pairs or small flocks, they eat fruit and probably some insects and small vertebrates. They lay clutches of three or four eggs in nests built in tree holes from grasses. Females incubate the eggs and males may help feed the chicks.