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Beautiful Birds You May Not Have Heard Of

Updated on October 1, 2016

The Cerulean Warbler

Cerulean Warbler Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada By Mdx cc BY-SA 3.0
Cerulean Warbler Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada By Mdx cc BY-SA 3.0 | Source

The Cerulean Warbler

The Cerulean warbler's scientific name is Dendroica cerulea. They are usually found in the canopy of mature deciduous eastern forests.

They are a beautiful small sky-blue warbler. The male's belly is white, and their sides and back have black streaks on them. Their wings have 2 white wing bars and across the front, they have a black line. The female has a back that is a dull turquoise and a crown that is pale blue. Their belly is a yellowish-white.

The Cerulean warbler’s diet is made up of insects.

Their population is declining quite rapidly in the United States.

The male Cerulean warbler sings but the female does not.

They migrate at night. They will go to the mountain forests of South America.

The female will build her nest using grass, bark, hair and spider webs. If for some reason she leaves the nest to start a new one, she will take the spider webs with her to use on her new nest. The female will lay 3 to 4 eggs. The male will help her care for the babies.

The Asian Glossy Starling

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Asian Glossy Starling By Yap Kip Kee CC BY-SA 2.0 | Source

The Asian Glossy Starling

The Asian Glossy Starling is found living in India, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, and several other countries. The Asian Glossy Starling prefers to live in tropical and subtropical moist lowlands and mangrove forest. There many of them found living in abandoned buildings and trees in cities. The Asian Glossy Starling has adapted very well to living around humans. They are not a migratory bird.

The Asian Glossy Starlings body is covered with metallic, dark green feathers that appear black or purple. They have a black and white striped belly. They are 20 inches long. They are one of the noisiest birds.

The Asina Glossy Starling likes to live in groups made up of around 20 birds. The group will roost, fly and look for food together.

They will build their nest in a sheltered place like tree holes. They will also build their nest under eaves of buildings. The female will lay 3 eggs.

They will eat mangoes, papayas, bananas, berries, figs and insects. They will perch in trees and seldom go to the ground. They will go to the ground for fallen fruit. They move around very clumsy when they are on the ground.

They are not considered endangered.

The Black Currawong

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Black Currawong By D Gordon E Robertson CC BY-SA 3.0 | Source

The Black Currawong

The black currawong's scientific name is Strepera fuliginosa.

The black currawong is found in Tasmania and nearby islands. They like to live in mountain forests, lowland forests, coastal heath, grazing lands and suburbs.

The black currawong's bill is heavy and black. Their body is black and their flight feathers and tail have white tips.

The black currawong will stay in the mountains, and in the winter they will move down to the lowlands.

The black currawong will eat meat such as young birds and carrion. They also eat insects and berries. They will look for food in trees and on the ground.

They will build a nest out of sticks that are very large. They will line the nest with roots and grass. They build their nest in trees 3 to 20m off the ground.

Their habitat on King Island is being cleared for agriculture. Farmers consider them pests because they cause damage to their orchards.

The Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike

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Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike By Brett Donald CC BY-SA 2.0 | Source

The Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike

The black-faced cuckoo shrike's scientific name is Coracina novaeholladial.

The black-faced cuckoo shrike is very common and found in many areas. They do not like rainforests. They like wooded areas and suburbs. In the suburbs, you will see them sitting on wires and T.V. Antennas.

The black-faced shrikes throat and face are black. Their wings and tail are blue-grey. Their belly is white.

They will eat insects and several kinds of invertebrates. They will catch their prey in the air and on the ground. They will also eat fruit and seeds.

The black-faced cuckoo shrikes will stay with the same mate. They are not a small bird but their nest is very small. They use sticks and bark to build a shallow saucer-shaped nest. They will use cobwebs to hold their nest together. The male and female will build the nest and care for the babies.

The Brown-headed Honeyeater

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Brown-headed Honeyeater By Patrick_K59 CC BY-SA 2.0 | Source

The Brown-headed Honeyeater

The Brown-headed Honeyeater's scientific name is Melithreplue brevirostris.

You will find the Brown-headed Honeyeater in many areas of Australia. They like to live in eucalyptus forests and woodlands. You will also find them in parks and gardens.

Their upper body is olive green, and their head is brown. Their bill is slender and short. They are 13 to 15cm long and weigh 13g.

You will usually find them living groups of 5 to 15 birds. They will go high into the tree canopy to look for food.

The Brown-headed Honeyeater eats insects, and nectar. They will look for most of their food in the tree canopy, but they also look in lower shrubs. They will get food from the shrubs bark, branches, leaves, and flowers.

One nest is often looked after by up to 5 birds. There will be 1 breeding pair plus some adults and young. They will all incubate the eggs and feed the babies. They use bark, grass and hair held together with spider webs to build a small deep cup nest. They will put their nest 1 to 6m off the ground. They will often pull hair from horses, cattle, humans, kangaroos and Koalas for their nest. They do not take hair from dark colored animals. They are known for stealing material from other birds nests.

The Channel-billed Cuckoo

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Channel-billed Cuckoo By Airceda CC BY-SA 3.0 | Source

The Channel-billed Cuckoo

The Channel-billed Cuckoo's scientific name is Scythros novaehollandiae.

The Channel-billed Cuckoo will migrate from New Guinea and Indonesia to Australia in August and October of every year. In February and March, they will leave Australia. They like to live in tall open forests.

The Channel-billed Cuckoo has a huge pale colored bill that curves down. Their body has grey feathers that are darker on their back and wings. Their tail is long and barred. The Channel-billed Cuckoo is 58 to 65cm long, and they weigh 611g.

The Channel-billed Cuckoo will eat fruit, seeds, insects and baby birds. Their favorite fruit is figs.

The Channel-billed Cuckoo will use Australia Magpie and Pied Currawong nests while these birds are still using the nest. The Channel-billed Cuckoo just moves right in.

The Channel-billed Cuckoo is considered the largest parasitic cuckoo in the world.

The Crested Screamer

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Crested Screamer BY KCZooFan CC BY-SA 2.0 | Source

The Crested Screamer

The crested screamer's scientific name is Channa torquata. The crested screamer is found in South America. They like to live in marshes, grasslands, and lagoons.

An adult crested screamer is 3 feet long and weighs 4.4 to 11 pounds. Their body is black, brown and gray, and their neck is ringed. The crested screamer will wade in the water looking for food. They are known as a waterfowl, but their feet are not webbed.

The crested screamer will stay in the same area year around. They are a very social and easy going when it is not breeding season. The crested screamer will live in large groups that will be seen in the sky when it is evening, and they will just keep circling around.

The crested screamer eats grass, seeds and water plant leaves.

They are preyed on by foxes, wild cats, and humans.

The are considered threatened because they are losing habitat, and they are hunted.

The Dusky Robin

Dusky Robin-Tasmania By Francesco Veronesi CC BY-SA 2.0
Dusky Robin-Tasmania By Francesco Veronesi CC BY-SA 2.0 | Source

The Dusky Robin

The Dusky Robin is a small bird that has an olive-brown body. They have a faint white wing bar. Their lower body is light gray-brown. They are 14 to 17cm long and weigh 27g. Their beak is slender and short. They are usually found alone or in pairs. In the winter, they will sometimes gather in small groups.

The Dusky Robin is found living on the Bass Trait island and Tasmania.

They like to live from sea level to 1200m in open habitats. They like dry sclerophyll forests. They also like areas that have recently been cleared.

The Dusky Robin likes to eat insects and sometimes seeds. It will find food on the ground or in trees. It will sit on stumps or posts waiting for prey. They will occasionally hop on the ground looking for food.

Their nest is a cup made of grass, bark and roots. They line the nest with hair and wool. They put their nest in a tree cavity, tree hole or fork in a tree up to 6 meters off the ground. The female will sit on the eggs until they hatch in 15 days.

They are preyed on by cats. They sometimes get trapped in the wall cavities of a building.

The Emerald Starling

Emerald Starling By DickDaniels CC BY-SA 3.0
Emerald Starling By DickDaniels CC BY-SA 3.0 | Source

The Emerald Starling

The emerald starling is found in many areas including West Africa, French Guinea, Sierra Leon and the Ivory Coast. They like to make their home in orchard bush, wooded areas, and open savannas.

The emerald startling diet consists of fruit, seeds, and insects. The babies are only fed insects.

When it is breeding season the emerald starling can become very aggressive. Their nests are a pad made out of green leaves. Their nests are usually in a hole in a stump or a small tree. The male and female will both build the nest. The female will usually lay 2 to 4 eggs. The male and female will both incubate the eggs for 13 to 15 days. They both will take care of the babies.

They will gather in large groups and during the day they will spread out and in the early evening, they will form groups of 12 to 5 birds for roosting.

The emerald starling is considered a beautiful starling. Their upper body, wings and tail are a beautiful iridescent metallic green.

The emerald starling is very common. They have used as pets in Europe. Their habitat is being destroyed, and it might become a problem in the future.


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