May 28, 2018 – Andean Emerald (Amazilia franciae)
These hummingbirds are found in parts of Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. Foraging at several different levels of the forest, they mostly feed on nectar, sometimes joining other hummingbirds at food sources. Females nest during most months of the year, building the nests and caring for the chicks alone.
May 27, 2018 – Chestnut Bulbul (Hemixos castanonotus)
These bulbuls are found in the forests of southeastern China and northern Vietnam. There diet includes large quantities of berries and other small fruits, as well as insects and their larvae. Territorial pairs breed between May and July, usually raising two or more broods of chicks. Females build the deep cup-shaped nests.
May 26, 2018 – Crested Hornero (Furnarius cristatus)
These ovenbirds are found from southeastern Bolivia and Western Paraguay south to Argentina. They feed on arthropods, foraging on the ground alone or in pairs. Their nests are round oven-like structures made from mud, with curving tunnel entrances which are thought to protect the eggs and chicks from mammalian predators.
May 25, 2018 – Yelkouan Shearwater or Levantine Shearwater (Puffinus yelkouan)
Found throughout the Mediterranean and Black Seas, these shearwaters breed on rocky islands, islets, and steep cliffs along the coasts of the Mediterranean. They feed on small schooling fish and squid, sometimes diving to capture prey. Breeding between November and July, they visit their nesting colonies only at night. Classified as Vulnerable by the IUCN, adults are often caught unintentionally during long-line fishing and their chicks and eggs are threatened by invasive rats and cats.
May 24, 2018 – Orange-breasted Trogon (Harpactes oreskios)
These trogons are found in southern China, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia. They eat a variety of insects, including cicadas, beetles, ants, and caterpillars, as well as some plant foods. They breed between January and May depending on the area of their range.
May 23, 2018 – Dark-sided Flycatcher (Muscicapa sibirica)
Breeding across most of Eastern Asia and in parts of South Asia, these flycatchers winter in Southeast Asia. Their diet is not well studied, but is primarily made up of small invertebrates, which they hunt from branches, making small flights to capture their prey. Breeding from May to August, females build compact, cup-shaped nests from moss, lichens, fine grasses, hair, and feathers.
May 22, 2018 – Lesser Striped Swallow (Cecropis abyssinica)
These swallows are found in open habitats across much of central and southeastern Africa. They eat a variety of insects, including flying ants, bees, beetles, and flies, along with some fruits and seeds. Breeding mostly during the wet season, pairs build nests from mud pellets on buildings, bridges, rocks, or in tree cavities, lining them with grasses and feathers. They return to the same nest for several seasons, repairing it each year. Females incubate the eggs alone, but both parents feed the chicks.