October 4, 2017 – Caatinga Cacholote or Caatinga Cachalote (Pseudoseisura cristata)
These birds in the ovenbird family are found only in eastern Brazil. They eat insects and plants, often foraging in pairs on the ground. Frequently nesting near human habitation, they build their large stick nests in trees or on telephone poles. Sometimes breeding cooperatively, three or four birds may help raise the chicks.
September 30, 2017 – Sulawesi Myna or Sulawesi Crested Myna (Basilornis celebensis)
These mynas are found on Sulawesi and surrounding islands in Indonesia. Their diet is made up of invertebrates, fruit, and some small vertebrates. They usually forage in small family groups, but immature birds will sometimes join mixed species flocks. Little is known about their breeding habits or population size, though they are listed as a species of Least Concern by the IUCN.
September 26, 2017 – Violet Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx xanthorhynchus)
These cuckoos are found in parts of South and Southeast Asia, as well as in southern China. They eat insects, including flies, beetles, and caterpillars, along with fruit, foraging while walking along branches or catching their prey in the air. Like some other cuckoo species they are brood parasites, laying their eggs in the nests of sunbirds and spiderhunters.
September 22, 2017 – Hispaniolan Euphonia or Antillean Euphonia (Euphonia musica)
These finches are found on several islands in the Caribbean, including Hispaniola and Gonâve Island. They eat mostly small fruits, buds, and catkins, including mistletoe fruits, sometimes joining mixed-species flocks. Pairs build dome-shaped nests with side entrances from grasses and other plant materials, hidden among mosses and epiphytes on trees. Females usually incubate the eggs alone, but both parents feed the chicks.
September 18, 2017 – Blue-fronted Amazon, Blue-fronted Parrot, or Turquoise-fronted Amazon (Amazona aestiva)
These parrots are found in central South America. Their diet is made up of fruit, seeds, berries, nuts, and buds. Living in pairs or flocks of several dozen, they are one of the most common parrots in their range. Nesting in tree cavities, females incubate clutches of three to five eggs for up to 28 days. Though they are classified as a species of Least Concern by the IUCN, they are commonly captured for the pet trade and are threatened by habitat loss in some parts of their range.
September 14, 2017 – Black-headed Woodpecker (Picus erythropygius)
These woodpeckers are found in Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia. They eat termites, ants, and other invertebrates, foraging mostly in small flocks of two to six birds. Breeding between February and June, they nest in tree cavities, laying clutches of three or four eggs.
September 10, 2017 – Yellow-shouldered Grosbeak (Parkerthraustes humeralis)
These birds in the tanager family are found in parts of Colombia, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, and Peru. Foraging alone, in pairs, or in mixed-species flocks, they eat insects, seeds, and possibly flowers and other plant matter. Little is known about their breeding habits, though juveniles have been observed foraging with adults in June in northeastern Peru. Though they are classified as a species of Least Concern by the IUCN, their population is thought to be decreasing due to habitat loss.