March 1, 2016 – Yellow-faced Grassquit (Tiaris olivaceus)

These small finches are found from southeastern Mexico to northern South America and also in the Caribbean. They eat mostly grass seeds, often foraging in loose flocks, sometimes with other species. If grass seeds are in short supply, they will also eat berries and insects. Their nests are oval-shaped domes with side entrances, made from straw, grass, weed stems, and other fibers, built by both males and females. Females incubate the eggs alone, but both parents feed the chicks.