June 9, 2017 – White-eared Honeyeater (Lichenostomus leucotis)
These honeyeaters are found in eastern and southern Australia. They eat insects, nectar, and fruit, as well as insect byproducts, such as lerps, and honeydew. They build their open cup-shaped nests near the ground in shrubs and short trees, lining them with hair from mammals, including humans. Females incubate the eggs and both parents feed the chicks. Several species of cuckoo, including the Fan-tailed, Pallid, Horsfield’s, and Shining Bronze-cuckoo, parasitize their nests.
June 5, 2017- Corsican Nuthatch (Sitta whiteheadi)
Found only on the island of Corsica, in France, these nuthatches depend on the endemic Corsican Pine. They eat insects and spiders during the summer and pine seeds in the winter, caching the seeds behind bark or lichen in autumn. Nesting in large Corsican Pine trees, pairs excavate nest cavities together, sometimes reusing those made by woodpeckers. They use pine needles, wood chips, bark, hair, feathers, moss, lichen, and plant fibers to build the nests. Females incubate the eggs and pairs defend their territories all year. They are classified as Vulnerable by the IUCN due to destruction and fragmentation of their pine forest habitats, mostly from fires and logging.
June 1, 2017 – White-throated Laughingthrush (Garrulax albogularis)
These laughingthrushes are found in the Himalayas, parts of central and southwestern China, and northwestern Vietnam. They mostly eat insects, along with some berries and seeds during the non-breeding season. Their nests are saucer or cup-shaped, built from dry grasses and leaves of bamboo or other plants, ivy twigs, and other materials.
May 28, 2017 – White-throated Redstart (Phoenicurus schisticeps)
These Old World flycatchers are found in parts of Bhutan, India, Nepal, China, and Myanmar. They eat insects, along with some berries and seeds, primarily those from juniper and sea buckthorn plants during the winter. Their cup-shaped nests are built from moss, grass, small twigs, leaves, plant fibers, and other materials.
May 24, 2017 – Emerald-spotted Wood-dove, Greenspotted Dove, or Green-spotted Wood-dove (Turtur chalcospilos)
Found in parts of southern and eastern Africa, these doves live in savannas and woodlands. Foraging on the ground, they eat seeds, other plant foods, such as fallen fruits and grasses, and some invertebrates. Their nests are built from twigs, stems, and roots, in trees, bushes, or aloe plants. Females lay one or two eggs and do most of the incubation.
May 20, 2017 – Blue-winged Warbler (Vermivora cyanoptera)
Breeding in the northeastern United States, these warblers migrate through the southeastern US and eastern Mexico to the Caribbean and eastern Central America. They eat insects and spiders, foraging in trees and shrubs, often while hanging upside down. Females build open cup-shaped nests from grasses, bark, and dry leaves, on or near the ground and do most of the incubation, while males occasionally bring them food. Males bring most of the food for the first few days of the chicks’ lives, then both parents feed them. They often interbreed with the Golden-winged Warbler, resulting in two intermediate-plumaged hybrids, known as Brewster’s Warbler and Lawrence’s Warbler.
May 16, 2017 – Kashmir Flycatcher (Ficedula subrubra)
Found in northeast Pakistan and northwest India, these flycatchers migrate to Sri Lanka and southwest India during the non-breeding season. Like other flycatchers, they feed on insects. Breeding between May and June, monogamous pairs are territorial. Their nests are messy cups of leaves, moss, and other materials built in natural holes and hollows. They are classified as Vulnerable by the IUCN because of habitat loss and degradation in their small, fragmented range.