Collared finch-billed bulbul


The collared finch-billed bulbul is a songbird from Asia named for a collar of white feathers around its neck. A monogamous pair of bulbuls roosts in a small cup-shaped nest in the trees.

White-cheeked Bulbul

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Usually seen in pairs or small flocks, white-cheeked bulbuls are medium-sized songbirds named for their prominent white cheek patches. Males and females look alike.

Magpie Shrike

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Perched on the outer branches of a thorny bush, the magpie shrike scans its surroundings for grasshoppers, lizards and other small prey. The shrike often displays cooperative breeding, whereby young from the previous brood remain at their natal nest to help the breeding pair raise the next clutch.


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


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.

Raggiana Bird-of-paradise

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The bird-of-paradise is famous for the male’s spectacular tail feathers, which grow up to three feet long. Generally solitary birds, males and females only come together to mate. Males gather in a common area called a lek to impress the ladies with an elaborate dance and display.

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.