August 1, 2017 – Rose-bellied Bunting or Rosita’s Bunting (Passerina rositae)
These buntings are found only in a small part of southern Mexico. Though their diet is not well-known, they forage alone or in pairs. Often nesting in ravines, they build open cup-shaped nests. They are classified as Near Threatened by the IUCN due to habitat fragmentation and degradation in their small range.
July 28, 2017 – Frilled Monarch (Arses telescopthalmus)
These monarchs are found in New Guinea and surrounding islands and have been reported in the northern tip of Australia. They eat insects and other arthropods, including crickets and weevils. Usually seen in monogamous pairs, they forage for their prey in forests and forest edges. Their nests are small cups of woven twigs and spiderweb, often hung between two branches. Their calls are described as harsh and rasping.
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 20, 2017 – Purple-throated Carib (Eulampis jugularis)
These hummingbirds are found only in the Lesser Antilles. They eat nectar from native and introduced plants. Females build small cup-shaped nests on vertical tree branches. While males and females have similar plumage, the males are larger and more aggressive. They maintain smaller territories with a high concentration of flowers, while females defend larger territories with a lower flower density.
July 16, 2017 – Short-tailed Pygmy-tyrant (Myiornis ecaudatus)
One of the smallest songbirds in the world, these tiny tyrant flycatchers are found in parts of Colombia, Venezuela, French Guiana, Guyana, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia. They eat insects, foraging mostly in the forest canopy alone or in pairs. Their nests are ball-shaped with side entrances and constructed from moss and fibers. Their calls are described as insect or frog-like.
July 12, 2017 – Pink-headed Fruit-dove, Pink-necked Fruit-dove, or Temminck’s Fruit Pigeon (Ptilinopus porphyreus)
These fruit doves are found only in mountain forests of Sumatra, Java, and Bali in Indonesia. They eat figs, other fruits, and berries, foraging in the upper canopy, usually alone or in pairs. Males build flimsy twig nests in trees. Both parents incubate the eggs and feed the chicks. Though they are classified as a species of Least Concern by the IUCN, their population is likely in decline due to habitat destruction.
July 8, 2017 – Black-cheeked Gnateater (Conopophaga melanops)
These gnateaters are found along the coast of eastern Brazil in the Atlantic Forest. Foraging near and on the ground, they pick small arthropods from vegetation and leaf litter. Socially monogamous and territorial, they usually nest from October to November or December. Their trilled call is often the best way to locate them.