July 23, 2017 – Green Shrike-babbler (Pteruthius xanthochlorus)
These small birds are found in Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, and Vietnam, in temperate broadleaf and conifer forests. They eat insects, including ants and beetles, as well as some berries and seeds, foraging alone, in pairs, or in small flocks. Breeding from April to August, they build purse or cradle-shaped nests from root fibers, lichen or moss, and other materials. Though they are classified as a species of Least Concern by the IUCN, their population is thought to be declining due to habitat destruction and fragmentation.
June 23, 2016 – Black-eared Shrike-babbler, Chestnut-throated Shrike-babbler, or Yellow-fronted Shrike-babbler (Pteruthius melanotis)
These shrike-babblers are found in broadleaf evergreen forests in a patchy distribution across parts of South and Southeast Asia. They eat grasshoppers and other insects, usually foraging alone or in pairs during the breeding season and in small flocks during the rest of the year. Populations in South Asia and Myanmar usually breed from March through June, while those in peninsular Malaysia begin their breeding season in February. Recent evidence suggests that they may belong in the New World Vireonidae family despite their range.