Blue-grey tanager

One of the most familiar Neotropical songbirds, the blue-grey tanager flits about the treetops in small noisy flocks, feeding on fruit and insects. In a nest built of grass, moss and spiderwebs, a female lays up to three eggs during the breeding season. Both the male and female care for the chicks.


Male capuchinbirds perform a competitive mating display at a site called a lek. Puffing out their feathers, they sing to impress the females. The male with the most impressive song, which sounds like a mooing cow, wins the most mates.

Spangled continga

As is common with many birds, the male spangled cotinga is brightly colored, in this case, turquoise, while the female is a duller gray. While the blue feathers make the male more susceptible to catching a predator’s eye, it also appeals to the female cotinga during the mating season.

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

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

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

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

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

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.