June 1, 2018 – Yellow-thighed Finch (Pselliophorus tibialis)

These finches are found only in Costa Rica and Panama. They eat nectar, insects, spiders, berries, and Müllerian bodies (structures produced by Cecropia plants for symbiotic ant species), often foraging in pairs or family groups and joining mixed-species flocks. Females build cup-shaped nests from dry bamboo leaves and grasses hidden by vegetation in the understory.



May 28, 2018 – Andean Emerald (Amazilia franciae)

These hummingbirds are found in parts of Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. Foraging at several different levels of the forest, they mostly feed on nectar, sometimes joining other hummingbirds at food sources. Females nest during most months of the year, building the nests and caring for the chicks alone.


May 24, 2018 – Orange-breasted Trogon (Harpactes oreskios)

These trogons are found in southern China, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia. They eat a variety of insects, including cicadas, beetles, ants, and caterpillars, as well as some plant foods. They breed between January and May depending on the area of their range.


May 20, 2018 – Red Shining-parrot or Maroon Shining-parrot (Prosopeia tabuensis)

These parrots are native to forested islands in Fiji and have been introduced to Tonga. They are sometimes considered conspecific with the Crimson Shining-parrot. Their diet includes a variety of fruits and other plant foods, such and mangos, papayas, bananas, berries, buds, seeds, and young leaves, as well as some insects. Breeding from May to October, they nest in cavities in trees or their branches. Only females have been observed incubating eggs and feeding chicks.


May 16, 2018 – Tataupa Tinamou (Crypturellus tataupa)

These tinamous are found in parts of Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay, and Argentina, mostly in semideciduous woodland. Foraging on the ground, often in pairs, they feed on ants, small snails and slugs, seeds, and other plant foods. They nest in shallow depressions on the ground, laying four or five shiny brown eggs.


May 12, 2018 – Philippine Falconet (Microhierax erythrogenys)

Found in the Philippines, these tiny falcons hunt alone, in pairs, or in small family groups. They prey on insects, especially dragonflies, as well as on some arboreal lizards, hunting from exposed perches. Nesting in cavities in dead trees created by woodpeckers or barbets, they usually lay three or four eggs.


May 8, 2018 – Mindanao Wattled Broadbill, Mindanao Broadbill, or Wattled Broadbill (Sarcophanops steerii)

These broadbills are found only in the Philippines on the islands of Mindanao, Dinagat, Siargao, and Basilan and the islets of Poneas and Malamaui. They eat insects, foraging alone, in pairs, or in small groups, and sometimes join mixed-species flocks. Not much is known about their nesting habits, but they probably breed between April and June. They are classified as Vulnerable by the IUCN, as deforestation has caused their population to decline.