BareThroatedWhistler

September 29, 2018 – Bare-throated Whistler (Pachycephala nudigula)

These whistlers are found in parts of the Lesser Sunda islands in Indonesia. They feed on insects and spiders, picking their prey from branches and leaves in the understory and middle story of the forest. Little is known about their nesting behavior, but their breeding season is between May and July. Though they are considered a species of Least Concern by the IUCN, their population is likely decreasing due to habitat loss and degradation, as well as trapping.

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OrangeBrowedHemispingus

September 25, 2018 – Orange-browed Hemispingus (Kleinothraupis calophrys)

These tanagers are found along the eastern slope of the Andes in southern Peru, south to western and central Bolivia. They eat caterpillars and other invertebrates, along with some plant foods, frequently foraging near the ground in areas where Chusquea bamboo grows. Almost nothing is known about their breeding behavior.

OchreFacedTodyFlycatcher

September 21, 2018 – Ochre-faced Tody-flycatcher (Poecilotriccus plumbeiceps)

Found in two separate ranges in South America, these tyrant flycatchers live in parts of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay. Usually foraging alone or in pairs, they eat insects, catching them in short flights near the ground. They build messy pear-shaped hanging nests with side entrances.

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September 17, 2018 – Crimson-headed Partridge (Haematortyx sanguiniceps)

These partridges are found only in the mountains of northern Borneo in Malaysia and Indonesia. They feed mostly on berries and insects, along with some small crustaceans, often foraging in pairs. Very little is known about their breeding behavior, though they may breed between January and March and probably nest on the ground like other partridges.

SlenderAntbird

September 13, 2018 – Slender Antbird (Rhopornis ardesiacus)

These antbirds are found in two small areas of eastern Brazil. They eat a variety of insects and arachnids, often foraging on the ground alone, in pairs, or in family groups. Usually breeding between October and December, they probably build cup-shaped nests from dry leaves and vines where both parents incubate the eggs, though few observations of their nests have been recorded. They are classified as Endangered by the IUCN due to habitat loss in their small, fragmented range.

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September 9, 2018 – Crimson-mantled Woodpecker (Colaptes rivolii)

These woodpeckers are found in the Andes from Venezuela south through Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru, to Bolivia. They feed on ants, termites, beetle larvae, spiders, millipedes, and some fruit, foraging alone or in pairs and often joining mixed-species flocks. Little is known about their breeding behavior, but they nest in cavities in trees.

TurquoiseJay

September 5, 2018 – Turquoise Jay (Cyanolyca turcosa)

Found from southwestern Colombia, through central Ecuador, to northern Peru, these jays live in mountainous humid cloud forests and elfin forests. Little is known about their diet, but they are thought to feed mostly on insects, foraging in small groups of two to six and often joining mixed-species flocks. They build nests from moss and other materials in forked branches of trees.