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 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.


July 24, 2017 – Fawn-breasted Tanager (Pipraeidea melanonota)

These tanagers are found in parts of northwestern, central, and eastern South America. Foraging in pairs or alone, they eat berries, fruit pulp, seeds, flowers, buds, and insects. Their nests are cup-shaped and built on horizontal branches, hidden by moss and plants growing on the trees. Both parents care for the chicks.


July 22, 2017 – Black-capped Warbling-Finch (Poospiza melanoleuca or Microspingus melanoleucus)

These warbling-finches are found in central southern South America from Bolivia to northern Argentina. They eat seeds, fruits, and flowers, along with some invertebrates, foraging mostly in shrubs and scrub. Their nests are cup-shaped and built from dry grasses and plant fibers.


July 18, 2017 – Chotoy Spinetail (Schoeniophylax phryganophilus)

These ovenbirds are found in scrub and open areas of central and eastern South America. They eat arthropods, especially beetles, picking prey from vegetation, alone or in pairs. Breeding from around late September to January, they build ball-shaped nests from thorny sticks in bushes and trees.


July 14, 2017 – Pied Bush Chat, Pied Bushchat, or Pied Stonechat (Saxicola caprata)

These chats are found in western Asia, central Asia, and Southeast Asia. They eat mostly small insects and insect larvae, including caterpillars, moths, midges, and ants. Often seen alone near villages and cultivated land, they hunt from exposed perches, flying down to catch prey on the ground. Their nests are constructed from grass and hair, in hollows in the earth, shallow depressions under bushes, or crevices in man-made structures. Females incubate the eggs and both parents feed the chicks.


July 10, 2017 – Pied Harrier (Circus melanoleucos)

These harriers breed in Siberia, Mongolia, northeastern China, North Korea, and northern Myanmar, wintering in parts of South and Southeast Asia. Their diet is mainly small mammals such as voles, mice, and shrews, along with some small birds, frogs, lizards, and insects. They build their nests on the ground in grass or low shrubs from grasses, reeds, and weeds. Females do most of the incubation, which takes over a month. Both parents feed the chicks.