July 31, 2017 – Rufous Whistler (Pachycephala rufiventris)
These whistlers are found throughout most of Australia and in New Caledonia. They eat mostly insects along with some seeds, fruit, and leaves. Females build cup-shaped nests from twigs, grass, and vines, attaching them to branches with spiderwebs. Both parents incubate the eggs and care for the chicks, sometimes raising two broods per season.
July 27, 2017 – Grey-backed Thrush (Turdus hortulorum)
These thrushes breed in southeastern Russia and northeastern China, migrating through North and South Korea and wintering in southeast China and northern Vietnam. They eat insects, snails, and fruit, foraging on the ground. Breeding from May to the middle of August, they build cup-shaped nests from grass, mud, and dry stems, low in the branches of trees.
July 23, 2017 – Green Shrike-babbler (Pteruthius xanthochlorus)
These small birds are found in Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, and Vietnam, in temperate broadleaf and conifer forests. They eat insects, including ants and beetles, as well as some berries and seeds, foraging alone, in pairs, or in small flocks. Breeding from April to August, they build purse or cradle-shaped nests from root fibers, lichen or moss, and other materials. Though they are classified as a species of Least Concern by the IUCN, their population is thought to be declining due to habitat destruction and fragmentation.
July 19, 2017 – Grey-headed Honeyeater (Ptilotula keartlandi)
These honeyeaters are found in open arid and semi-arid woodlands in parts of northern and western Australia. They eat insects and spiders, along with nectar and some fruit. Though they probably breed mostly in the winter and spring, they have been recorded breeding in all months.
July 15, 2017 – Pink-headed Warbler (Ergaticus versicolor)
These warblers are found in mountain pine, cypress, and oak forests in parts of southern Mexico and Guatemala. They eat mostly insects, picking them off of leaves and tree trunks while foraging in the understory. Males keep their territories all year and sing during the breeding season to attract mates. Their domed nests are built on the ground mostly from pine needles and moss and hidden in dense vegetation. Due to habitat loss, degradation, and fragmentation in the cloud forests where they live, they have been classified as Vulnerable by the IUCN.
July 11, 2017 – Davison’s Leaf-warbler or White-tailed Leaf-warbler (Phylloscopus intensior or Phylloscopus davisoni)
These warblers are found in China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam. They eat small invertebrates, mostly foraging alone or in pairs. Breeding from February to May, they build round, ball or dome-shaped nests on or near the ground from grasses, moss, leaves, and other materials.
July 7, 2017 – Yellow-crowned Parakeet, Kākāriki, Kakariki, Yellow-crowned Kakariki, Yellowcrowned Parakeet, or Yellow Crowned Parakeet (Cyanoramphus auriceps)
These parrots are endemic to the forests of New Zealand. They eat seeds, fruits, buds, flowers, and some invertebrates, foraging high in trees, usually in pairs or large flocks. Nesting in tree cavities, females lay two to nine eggs on a bed of rotten wood, incubating them alone, while males feed them. They are classified as Near Threatened by the IUCN due to deforestation and introduced predators such as cats, rats, and stoats, as well as a high rate of hybridization with the Red-crowned Parakeet and disease.