October 6, 2017 – Chocolate-vented Tyrant (Neoxolmis rufiventris)
These large tyrant-flycatchers are found in southeastern South America, breeding in the Patagonian Steppe and wintering in the Pampas. They eat insects, including beetles, and small vertebrates, such as lizards. Building bowl-shaped nests, they line them with grasses and feathers. They perform flight displays that are more similar to those of shorebirds than to other tyrant-flycatchers and sometimes forage with Tawny-throated Dotterels.
October 5, 2017 – Yellow-billed Tern (Sternula superciliaris)
These terns are found around rivers and lakes in northern and central South America. Usually foraging alone or in pairs, they eat small fish, shrimp, and insects, often hovering before diving into the water to capture their prey. They are frequently found with Black Skimmers and Large-billed Terns and may nest near these two species.
October 4, 2017 – Caatinga Cacholote or Caatinga Cachalote (Pseudoseisura cristata)
These birds in the ovenbird family are found only in eastern Brazil. They eat insects and plants, often foraging in pairs on the ground. Frequently nesting near human habitation, they build their large stick nests in trees or on telephone poles. Sometimes breeding cooperatively, three or four birds may help raise the chicks.
October 3, 2017 – Common Chaffinch or Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs)
Found in Europe, western and central Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, and some north Atlantic islands, these finches have also been introduced to South Africa and New Zealand. They eat mostly seeds, along with some invertebrates in the summer, foraging mostly on the ground and sometimes catching insects in the air. Females build the nests from grasses and other materials, hidden by lichen and moss often in the forks of trees, and incubate the eggs alone. Both parents feed invertebrates to the chicks. Chaffinches have been recorded living as long as 14 years.
October 2, 2017 – Meves’s Starling or Meves’s Long-tailed Starling (Lamprotornis mevesii)
These starlings are found in parts of southern and southeastern Africa. They eat mostly insects, including termites, beetles, and ants, along with some fruit and flowers, foraging mostly on the ground. Pairs build cup-shaped nests in tree cavities from dry plant materials. While only females incubate the eggs, both parents feed the chicks.
October 1, 2017 – Great Grebe (Podiceps major)
These large grebes are found in parts of Peru, Paraguay, Brazil, Argentina, and Chile, as well as on the Falkland, South Georgia, and South Sandwich Islands. They eat mostly fish, along with some insects, crustaceans, and mollusks. Pairs build nests from aquatic plants, leaves, and stems, sometimes anchored to clumps of aquatic vegetation. Both parents incubate the eggs. The chicks are able to leave the nest and swim soon after hatching.
September 30, 2017 – Sulawesi Myna or Sulawesi Crested Myna (Basilornis celebensis)
These mynas are found on Sulawesi and surrounding islands in Indonesia. Their diet is made up of invertebrates, fruit, and some small vertebrates. They usually forage in small family groups, but immature birds will sometimes join mixed species flocks. Little is known about their breeding habits or population size, though they are listed as a species of Least Concern by the IUCN.