August 1, 2017 РRose-bellied Bunting or Rosita’s Bunting (Passerina rositae)

These buntings are found only in a small part of southern Mexico. Though their diet is not well-known, they forage alone or in pairs. Often nesting in ravines, they build open cup-shaped nests. They are classified as Near Threatened by the IUCN due to habitat fragmentation and degradation in their small range.


July 31, 2017 – Rufous Whistler (Pachycephala rufiventris)

These whistlers are found throughout most of Australia and in New Caledonia. They eat mostly insects along with some seeds, fruit, and leaves. Females build cup-shaped nests from twigs, grass, and vines, attaching them to branches with spiderwebs. Both parents incubate the eggs and care for the chicks, sometimes raising two broods per season.


July 30, 2017 – White-fronted Bee-eater (Merops bullockoides)

These bee-eaters are found in parts of Africa, primarily below the equator. They eat mostly bees, as well as beetles, flies, dragonflies, damselflies, moths, butterflies, and grasshoppers, usually catching them in flight. They are cooperative breeders and nest in colonies in riverbank burrows. Non-breeding birds assist their relatives with the care of their chicks.


July 29, 2017 – Half-collared Kingfisher (Alcedo semitorquata)

Found in parts of southern and eastern Africa, these kingfishers frequent rivers, streams, and estuaries. They eat small fish, crabs, frogs, and aquatic insects and their larvae, hunting from a perch, then diving into the water to catch their prey. Pairs dig nest burrows in riverbanks and both parents incubate the eggs.


July 28, 2017 – Frilled Monarch (Arses telescopthalmus)

These monarchs are found in New Guinea and surrounding islands and have been reported in the northern tip of Australia. They eat insects and other arthropods, including crickets and weevils. Usually seen in monogamous pairs, they forage for their prey in forests and forest edges. Their nests are small cups of woven twigs and spiderweb, often hung between two branches. Their calls are described as harsh and rasping.


July 27, 2017 – Grey-backed Thrush (Turdus hortulorum)

These thrushes breed in southeastern Russia and northeastern China, migrating through North and South Korea and wintering in southeast China and northern Vietnam. They eat insects, snails, and fruit, foraging on the ground. Breeding from May to the middle of August, they build cup-shaped nests from grass, mud, and dry stems, low in the branches of trees.


July 26, 2017 – Zapata Sparrow (Torreornis inexpectata)

These sparrows are found only in three separate ranges in western, north central, and southeastern Cuba. They eat insects, seeds, small fruits, small lizards, and in one part of their range, the eggs of apple snails. Pairs build cup-shaped nests from grass and other vegetation near the ground. They are classified as Endangered by the IUCN due to their small isolated populations and habitat loss.