March 15, 2016 – Red-Billed Leiothrix (Leiothrix lutea)

Native to Southeast Asia, southern China, and the Himalayas, these birds have also been introduced to Hawaii, Japan, Réunion, and parts of Europe. They eat fruits, insects, and seeds, foraging in small groups. Females lay two to four eggs in cup-shaped nests constructed from dry leaves, grasses, and moss. Both parents incubate the eggs and feed only invertebrates to the chicks. They are relatively common in captivity, where they are sometimes known as Japanese Hill-Robins, Peking Robins, or Peking Nightingales.

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