All European Starlings in North America are descendants of the 100 birds set loose in Central Park in 1890 by avid Shakespeare enthusiasts who wanted America to have all the birds mention by the bard. There are now over 200 million European Starlings between Alaska and Mexico, 240 of which were still in Central Park in this year's Bird Count.
* * PARROT ON RIGHT: " Yoo up to flyin' out to seez Eugene Hutz? We coulds gets hiz autograph fer sure wif de color of our fedders." [OTHER PARROT: " Fab idea! Does ya knows hows to sing ' Start Wearin' Purple'?"
The Turquoise-Browed Motmot inhabits Central America from SE Mexico (mostly the Yucatán Peninsula) to Costa Rica, where it is common and not considered threatened. It lives in fairly open habitats such as forest edge, gallery forest and scrubland. Its call is nasal, croaking and far-carrying. This Motmot is a well-known bird in its range and has been chosen as the national bird of both El Salvador and Nicaragua.
The Spotted Tanager (Tangara punctata) is a species of bird in the Thraupidae family. It is found in Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.