August 3, 2018 – White-backed Woodpecker (Dendrocopos leucotos)
These woodpeckers are found in a large range from northern and central Europe east to Japan and Korea. Dependent on deciduous forests with dead trees, they have suffered population declines in areas where these trees have been cleared. They feed primarily on insects, especially the larvae of wood-boring beetles. Pairs excavate nesting cavities in decaying trees, where both parents incubate the eggs.
August 2, 2018 – Golden-billed Saltator (Saltator aurantiirostris)
Found in parts of central and southern South America, in Peru, Chile, Bolivia, Argentina, Paraguay, Brazil, and Uruguay, these birds were previously placed in the cardinal family, but are now considered tanagers. Their loud, clear songs make them fairly easy to locate and identify. Though their diet is not known in detail, it probably includes seeds and insects. Their breeding season varies with their range, but generally takes place between October and March.
August 1, 2018 – Great Thick-knee or Great Stone-curlew (Esacus recurvirostris)
These thick-knees are found in a patchy range through much of South and Southeast Asia, as well as southern Iran. Their diet is made up of crabs and other crustaceans, as well as some insects. They are listed as Near Threatened by the IUCN due to nest predation by dogs, disturbances from humans and domestic animals, and habitat loss.
July 31, 2018 – Black Bee-eater (Merops gularis)
These bee-eaters are found in the western regions of central Africa. Their diet is made up of flying insects, which they catch in the air. These include honeybees, wasps, ants, and butterflies. Pairs build their nests in burrows in sandy cliffs.
July 30, 2018 – Red-winged Parrot, Crimson-winged Parrot, Red-winged or Crimson-winged Lory, King Parrot, Red-wing, or Crimson-wing (Aprosmictus erythropterus)
Found in northern and eastern Australia and parts of Papua New Guinea and Indonesia, these parrots are often seen in flocks of up to 15 birds. Mostly foraging in the canopy, they eat seeds, nectar, pollen, blossoms, insects, and larvae. They nest in cavities in trees near water. Females incubate clutches of three to six eggs alone. Males may bring them food. Young birds don’t develop their adult plumage until the age of two or three years.
July 29, 2018 – Scaly-fronted Weaver, Scaly Weaver, Scaly-feathered Weaver, or Scaly-feathered Finch (Sporopipes squamifrons)
These weavers are found in southern Africa in arid acacia savannas and scrub. Foraging mostly on the ground, they eat grass seeds and some insects, including termites. Monogamous pairs nest year-round, though their breeding season peaks between December and June. They build ball-shaped nests from dry grass stems and flowers in thorny bushes or trees. Females incubate the eggs and both parents feed the chicks.
July 28, 2018 – Barolo Shearwater (Puffinus baroli)
Breeding in the Azores, Madeira, Desertas, Salvages, and Canary Islands, these shearwaters are found in the eastern Atlantic Ocean. They are sometimes considered a subspecies of Audubon’s Shearwater or Little Shearwater. Feeding on fish, squid, and crustaceans, they often dive to capture prey or pluck it from the water’s surface. They breed colonially on islands and cliffs, building their nests in burrows which they only return to at night to avoid predators.