November 24, 2018 – Plum-faced Lorikeet or Whiskered Lorikeet (Oreopsittacus arfaki)
These small parrots are found in the mountain forests of New Guinea. They eat nectar, flowers, fruits, berries, and possibly pollen. Little is known about their nesting behavior, but they have been observed displaying in June and may breed between August and October.
November 20, 2018 – Red-throated Bee-eater (Merops bulocki)
These bee-eaters are found across much of central Africa. They eat honeybees, stingless bees, and other insects, often foraging in pairs or small flocks. Nesting in colonies of up to 50 birds, they dig burrows in the ground after the rainy season, before the dirt has dried completely.
November 16, 2018 – Green-backed Trogon (Trogon viridis)
Previously considered a subspecies of the White-tailed Trogon, these birds are found in northern South America, with separate populations in southeastern Brazil and Trinidad. Usually found alone or in pairs, they feed on fruit and berries, along with some insects. Pairs excavate cavities in arboreal termite nests, where females lay two or three eggs.
November 12, 2018 – Versicolored Barbet (Eubucco versicolor)
These barbets are found in forests along the eastern Andes in Peru and Bolivia. Their diet is primarily fruit and seeds, but also includes beetles and other arthropods. They are often seen in mixed-species flocks, foraging in dead leaf clusters. Females lay clutches of three eggs in nesting cavities in the side of dead trees, lined with sawdust-like bedding.
November 8, 2018 – Large Fig-parrot, Desmarest’s Fig-parrot, or Golden-headed Fig Parrot (Psittaculirostris desmarestii)
These parrots are found in the West Papuan Islands of Indonesia. They eat figs and their seeds, nectar, and probably some insects, often foraging in small flocks. Breeding from July to September, they nest in colonies of up to three pairs, building their nests in cavities in tree branches or trunks.
November 4, 2018 – Crowned Woodnymph or Violet-crowned Woodnymph (Thalurania colombica)
These medium-sized hummingbirds are found from Central America into northern and northwestern South America. They feed on the nectar of various plants, including bromeliads and mistletoes, as well as some small spiders and insects. Mostly breeding in the dry season, females build the cup-shaped nests, incubate the eggs, and feed the chicks.
October 31, 2018 – Black-throated Babbler (Stachyris nigricollis)
Found in southern Thailand, Malaysia, Brunei, Sumatra, and Borneo, these babblers are primarily seen in the undergrowth and edges of forests. They pick their invertebrate prey from foliage, foraging in low vegetation. Breeding mostly between April and August, they build dome-shaped nests with canopies of dry leaves. They are classified as Near Threatened by the IUCN due to habitat loss and degradation from illegal logging, land conversion, and forest fires.