The bird breed of the week, which is the American Bittern, is a member of the heron family. They can be found in Canada and the near Florida in the summer, but in winter, will migrate to Europe. They eat fish, insects, reptiles, and amphibians. The Bittern lays 2-3 eggs in one clutch.
“I don't think whole populations are villainous, but Americans are just extraordinarily unaware of all kinds of things. If you live in the middle of that vast continent, with apparently everything your heart could wish for just because you were born there, then why worry? [...] If people lose knowledge, sympathy and understanding of the natural world, they're going to mistreat it and will not ask their politicians to care for it.” ~ David Attenborough
African Emerald Cuckoo, Chryso-coccyx cupreus- Mainly found in light and densely wooded forests in S. Africa, where there are Mopane trees. It eats insects such as butterflies, bees, wasps, locusts and ants which are usually hawked aerially, killed and then eaten. It does not built its own nest but rather invades the nest of other birds. If the bird does not find an empty nest it will attack the host (original nest owner) and displace it.