November 24, 2017 – Grey-headed Canary-flycatcher (Culicicapa ceylonensis)
These flycatchers are found throughout much of South Asia, Southeast Asia, and China. They eat gnats, mosquitoes, beetles, wasps, and other insects. Males perform short circular display flights. Monogamous pairs form long-lasting bonds and often raise two broods per year.
November 20, 2017 – Yellow-fronted Canary or Green Singing Finch (Crithagra mozambica)
These canaries are widespread across much of sub-Saharan Africa and have a stable introduced population in the Hawaiian islands. They feed on seeds, buds, flowers, leaves, and insects. Females build small nests from spiderwebs, tendrils, bark fibers, and other plant materials in shrubs, thickets, or trees. They incubate the eggs and care for the chicks while males bring food to the nest.
November 16, 2017 – Izu Thrush (Turdus celaenops)
These thrushes are found only on several Japanese islands, including the Ryukyu and Izu Islands. Foraging alone or in small groups of up to three birds, they search for food on the ground or in the canopy. They eat fruit and seeds, switching to mostly invertebrates in the summer. Building their nests from grass, leaves, mud, and moss on low branches or the ground, they lay clutches of two to five eggs. They are classified as Vulnerable by the IUCN due to nest predation by weasels, crows, and domestic cats, along with habitat loss and volcanic eruptions on Miyake-jima.
November 12, 2017 – Fire-capped Tit (Cephalopyrus flammiceps)
These small birds are found through the Himalayas into parts of South and Southeast Asia and southern China. They eat small invertebrates, along with plant material, such as flower buds and young leaves. Usually breeding between April and June, they are monogamous and build their nests in tree cavities from grasses, rootlets, and other materials.
November 8, 2017 – White-throated Rock-thrush (Monticola gularis)
Breeding in southeastern Russia, northeastern China, and North Korea, these birds winter in southern China and parts of Southeast Asia. They eat invertebrates, including beetles, mole-crickets, and moths and butterflies. Usually raising two broods of chicks per year, they build bulky cup nests from dry leaves, twigs, lichen, moss, rootlets, and pine needles.
November 4, 2017 – Rusty Laughingthrush (Garrulax poecilorhynchus)
These laughingthrushes are found in evergreen and deciduous forests in Taiwan. Foraging in small flocks of up to six birds, they eat mostly insects and seeds. Grit and small pieces of wood have also been found in their stomachs. They build bulky cup nests from bamboo and other materials and may raise more than one brood a year. Though they are classified as species of Least Concern by the IUCN, their population is probably decreasing due to habitat destruction and fragmentation.
October 31, 2017 – Yellow-rumped Thornbill (Acanthiza chrysorrhoa)
The largest thornbill species, these tiny birds are found in southern, eastern, and parts of central Australia. They eat insects and some seeds, feeding on the ground or occasionally in trees and shrubs and often joining mixed-species flocks. One or two helper birds may assist breeding pairs with nest building and chick care. They build large nests from grass and bark with an upper cup-shaped structure and a lower domed chamber where the eggs are laid. The function of the “false” upper nest is not fully known, but some ideas about its purpose include a deterrent to predators and nest parasites, a roosting place, or possibly a way for helpers to practice. Females incubate the eggs, but males and helpers assist with feeding and defending the chicks.