BareThroatedWhistler

September 29, 2018 – Bare-throated Whistler (Pachycephala nudigula)

These whistlers are found in parts of the Lesser Sunda islands in Indonesia. They feed on insects and spiders, picking their prey from branches and leaves in the understory and middle story of the forest. Little is known about their nesting behavior, but their breeding season is between May and July. Though they are considered a species of Least Concern by the IUCN, their population is likely decreasing due to habitat loss and degradation, as well as trapping.

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GreyBelliedTesia

September 28, 2018 – Grey-bellied Tesia (Tesia cyaniventer)

Found from northern India east to parts of Southern China and south to Thailand and Laos, these cettiid warblers also have separate ranges in Cambodia and Vietnam. They eat small invertebrates, including ants and spiders. Breeding from May to July, they build ball-shaped nests from moss and other materials low in bushes or other vegetation.

KurrichaneThrush

September 27, 2018 – Kurrichane Thrush (Turdus libonyana)

These thrushes are found from Tanzania to South Africa. They feed mostly on invertebrates, including beetles, ants, and caterpillars, as well as some fruits. Females build bowl-shaped nests on tree branches from mud, rootlets, grass, twigs, and leaves. They may sometimes also incorporate materials such as string, plastic, and paper into their nests. While only the females incubate the eggs and brood the chicks, both parents feed them.

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September 26, 2018 – Southern Pochard (Netta erythrophthalma)

These ducks are found in Africa from Eritrea to South Africa and in South America in a spotty range from Venezuela to Argentina and in parts of eastern Brazil. They eat mostly seeds, along with the roots, stems, and leaves of aquatic plants and occasionally some insects and other invertebrates. Usually breeding near the end of the wet season, they build their nests from various plant materials, hidden in papyrus, reeds, sedges, or other vegetation.

OrangeBrowedHemispingus

September 25, 2018 – Orange-browed Hemispingus (Kleinothraupis calophrys)

These tanagers are found along the eastern slope of the Andes in southern Peru, south to western and central Bolivia. They eat caterpillars and other invertebrates, along with some plant foods, frequently foraging near the ground in areas where Chusquea bamboo grows. Almost nothing is known about their breeding behavior.

ChucaoTapaculo

September 24, 2018 – Chucao Tapaculo (Scelorchilus rubecula)

Found in parts of southern Chile and nearby Argentina, these tapaculos forage in dense vegetation for arthropods and seeds, making them somewhat difficult to observe. They dig burrows into banks or between tree roots, where they build their cup-shaped nests from soft grasses, rootlets, and horse hair. They are known for their loud and distinctive calls.

SpectacledWarbler

September 23, 2018 – Spectacled Warbler (Sylvia conspicillata)

These warblers are found in southwestern Europe, northwestern Africa, and parts of the Mediterranean. Foraging in bushes and shrubs, they primarily eat arthropods, insect larvae, and insect eggs, but will sometimes also feed on berries or nectar. Pairs build cup-shaped nests in bushes from grasses, stems, leaves, plant down, thin roots, and hair.