November 13, 2018 – Striated Heron, Mangrove Heron, Little Heron, or Green-backed Heron (Butorides striata)

Sometimes grouped with the Lava Heron and occasionally also the Green Heron as the Green-backed Heron, these small herons are found in parts of Australia, South America, Africa, Asia, and on some Pacific islands. They eat crustaceans, mollusks, small fish, insects, worms, frogs, reptiles, and sometimes other birds, stalking their prey slowly, then stabbing it with their bills. Pairs build rough platform nests from sticks in bushes or trees over water. Both parents incubate the eggs and care for the chicks, sometimes raising two or three broods a season.



November 12, 2018 – Versicolored Barbet (Eubucco versicolor)

These barbets are found in forests along the eastern Andes in Peru and Bolivia. Their diet is primarily fruit and seeds, but also includes beetles and other arthropods. They are often seen in mixed-species flocks, foraging in dead leaf clusters. Females lay clutches of three eggs in nesting cavities in the side of dead trees, lined with sawdust-like bedding.


November 11, 2018 – Collared Grosbeak (Mycerobas affinis)

These large finches are found in deciduous and mixed forests in Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Thailand. They eat seeds, buds, shoots, fruits, and nuts, as well as some insects, often foraging low in vegetation or on the ground. Breeding from late March to July, pairs build flat cup-shaped nests.


November 10, 2018 – Chestnut-capped Babbler (Timalia pileata)

Found in parts of India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Cambodia, Thailand, China, Laos, Vietnam, and Indonesia, these babblers frequent swampy habitats. They forage in pairs during the breeding season and small flocks at other times of year, feeding on insects and their eggs. Pairs build rough ball or oval-shaped nests, breeding from February through October in India and April through September in Southeast Asia. Though they are classified as a species of Least Concern, their population is likely declining due to habitat destruction and fragmentation.


November 9, 2018 – Sooty Oystercatcher (Haematopus fuliginosus)

These oystercatchers are found along the coasts of much of Australia. They eat a variety of marine animals, including mollusks, crustaceans, marine worms, starfish, sea urchins, and fish, using their beaks to stab, lever, or hammer prey. Breeding in colonies, pairs build scrape nests on rocky shores and cliffs. Both parents incubate the eggs and care for the chicks.


November 8, 2018 – Large Fig-parrot, Desmarest’s Fig-parrot, or Golden-headed Fig Parrot (Psittaculirostris desmarestii)

These parrots are found in the West Papuan Islands of Indonesia. They eat figs and their seeds, nectar, and probably some insects, often foraging in small flocks. Breeding from July to September, they nest in colonies of up to three pairs, building their nests in cavities in tree branches or trunks.


November 7, 2018 – Variegated Laughingthrush (Trochalopteron variegatum)

These laughingthrushes are found in fir, birch, and oak forests from northeastern Afghanistan east through Pakistan, India, and Nepal to southern China. They eat insects, fruit, and berries, foraging in pairs in the breeding season and in flocks of around 20 at other times of year. Breeding from April to August, they build shallow cup-shaped nests from grasses, dry leaves, and other materials.