JamaicanLizardCuckoo

April 9, 2019 – Jamaican Lizard-cuckoo (Coccyzus vetula)

Found only in Jamaica, these often secretive cuckoos inhabit evergreen and deciduous forests. They eat a variety of invertebrates, such as caterpillars, cicadas, and locusts, as well as small vertebrates, including mice, nestling birds, and lizards. Breeding between March and August, they build flat platform nests from twigs and leaves.

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CinnamonFlycatcher

April 5, 2019 – Cinnamon Flycatcher (Pyrrhomyias cinnamomeus)

These tyrant flycatchers are found in cloud forests of the Andes in parts of Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and Argentina. Hunting in short flights from perches, they feed on insects and some berries, frequently foraging in pairs and sometimes joining mixed-species flocks. They build open cup-shaped nests from moss and lichen.

RedCheekedParrot

April 1, 2019 – Red-cheeked Parrot (Geoffroyus geoffroyi)

These parrots are found in parts of Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste, and northeastern Australia. They eat seeds, nuts, fruit, berries, and blossoms, foraging in pairs or small flocks. Breeding between the months of February and December, depending on the area of their range, they lay two to four eggs in tree cavities.

CrownedChatTyrant

March 28, 2019 – Crowned Chat-tyrant (Silvicultrix frontalis or Ochthoeca frontalis)

Found in parts of the Andes in northwestern South America, these tyrant flycatchers inhabit elfin forests and scrubby habitats. They feed on insects, often foraging alone or in pairs in the undergrowth. Breeding between April and November depending on the area of their range, they build domed cup nests from mosses, ferns, and other plant materials.

MaroonBreastedPhilentoma

March 24, 2019 – Maroon-breasted Philentoma (Philentoma velata)

Found in parts of Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia, these birds are related to vangas and woodshrikes. They feed on invertebrates, foraging in pairs or small flocks. Breeding mostly between March and June, they build shallow cup-shaped nests from plant fibers, mosses, and other materials. They are classified as Near Threatened by the IUCN due to extensive habitat loss.

RoseBreastedChat

March 22, 2019 – Rose-breasted Chat (Granatellus pelzelni)

Found in parts of Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Brazil, and Bolivia, these chats live in lowland forests. They likely eat mostly insects and other invertebrates, foraging mostly at middle to high levels of the forest and sometimes joining mixed-species flocks. Little is known about their nesting behavior, though their breeding season may be between January and May.

OpalCrownedTanager

March 20, 2019 – Opal-crowned Tanager (Tangara callophrys)

These tanagers are found in forests in parts of Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and Brazil. They feed on fruit and insects, foraging alone or in small groups and often joining mixed-species flocks. Their nesting behavior has not been recorded, though they may be socially monogamous. Though they are classified as a species of Least Concern by the IUCN, their population is decreasing due to habitat loss.