Yellow-rumped cacique

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The yellow-rumped cacique is a highly social bird that nests in colonies. More than 100 nests have been counted in a single tree, presumably providing protection in numbers. The symphony of sounds emanated from a colony is truly remarkable, complete with fluting notes, cackles, clucks and wheezes.


 

Fairy Bluebird

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The fairy bluebird favors figs and travels throughout the forest in search of fruiting trees. As it passes fig seeds in its droppings along the way, the fairy bluebird gives fig trees the chance to grow in different areas.

Violet-backed Starling

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The iridescent violet-backed starling forages in small family groups, following the fruiting cycle of fig trees. It also catches insects on the fly. Spending most of its time in the trees, this starling rarely descends to the ground.

Red-capped Cardinal

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Like the American Cardinal, this South American bird is a finch, a songbird with a strong conical beak for cracking seeds and sturdy legs for perching. Surprisingly, its large feet also allow it to walk on floating vegetation as it feeds in wet areas. Like many other finches, its beauty and musical call have made it a popular cage bird.

Gouldian Finch

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The Lady Gouldian finch is a very social bird, gathering in flocks of hundreds.
Bobbing its head and fluffing its vibrant feathers, a male courts his mate. The pair nests in a tree hollow or a hole in a termite mound at the end of the rainy season when plenty of food is available.

Blue-crowned Laughing Thrush

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Pairs or small family groups of laughing thrushes forage along the ground for fruits, berries, and insects. They communicate through a repertoire of squeals, buzzes, and calls, including one that distinctly sounds like human laughter.

Bali Myna

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One of the most beautiful birds in the world, with its striking snow white feathers, lacy head crest, and blue eye patch, the Bali myna is also one of the rarest. Only a handful of mynas, highly coveted by collectors, remain in the wild. Captive breeding may be its only hope for survival.