Top 25 birds of the week: April 2020

Thank you to all the photographers that submitted photos of birds with the theme April. Birds are admired for their beauty and their ability to fly and most importantly birds are admired for the role they play in the ecosystem. These pictures create awareness about the variety and beauty of birds in our environment. Here we present the Top 25 photographs of birds of the week.

 

The Black and Orange Flycatcher, also known as the Black and Rufous Flycatcher, is endemic to the central and southern Western Ghats, the Nilgiris and Palni hill ranges in southern India. Photographed in Kotagiri, Tamilnadu, India (Srivatsan sathiyamoorthy)

 

Black and Orange Flycatcher photographed at Sims Park, Ttamilnad, India (Ramesh Aithal)

 

Blue-eared Kingfisher is largely a resident bird within its range. It is found in Asia, ranging across the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia. Photographed in Selangor, Malaysia (Richard Chong)

 

The Changeable Hawk-eagle, or Crested Hawk-eagle, is a large bird of prey species of the family Accipitridae. Photographed at the Dudhwa National Park (Manish Ahuja)

 

The Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch is found in the Indian Subcontinent occurring in India, Tibet Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nupal. Photo taken in Uttarakhand, India (Rana Mukherjee)

 

The Green Bee-eater is a resident bird but also prone to seasonal movements. It is found widely distributed across sub-Saharan Africa and considered to be an abundant and fairly tame bird, familiar throughout its range. Photographed in West Bengal, India (Firdousi Ahmed)

 

Grey Heron with a kill. Photographed in Chennai, India (Elamurugan)

 

Indian Robins are commonly found in open scrub areas and often seen running along the ground or perching on low thorny shrubs and rocks. This photo was taken in Nagpur, Maharashtra, India (Narendra Nikhare)

 

Other names for the Lesser Golden-backed Woodpecker are Black-rumped Flameback or Lesser Goldenback. This is a woodpecker found widely distributed in the Indian Subcontinent and it is one of the few woodpeckers that are seen in urban areas. Photo taken in Thattekad, Kerala, India (Vivek Joshi)

 

The Little Stint is a very small wader which breeds in arctic Europe and Asia. It is also a long-distance migrant, wintering south to Africa and south Asia (Aravind Venkatraman)

 

The Oriental Magpie-robin in Kharagpur, West Bengal, India (Gargi Biswas)

 

Paddyfield Pipit, also called the Oriental Pipit, is a resident breeder in open scrub, grassland and cultivation in southern Asia east to the Philippines. Photo taken in Nagpur, Maharashtra, India (Narendra Nikhare)

 

The Peregrine Falcon is a large, crow-sized widespread bird of prey. This bird is renowned for its speed, reaching over 320 km/h, making it the fastest bird in the world, as well as the fastest member of the animal kingdom. Photographed in India (Sourav Mookherjee)

 

The Pond Heron is a storky species with a short neck, short thick bill, typically buff or brownish back, and coloured or streaked fore neck and breast. Photographed in Bharatpur, Rajasthan (Sumit K Sum)

 

The Purple-rumped Sunbird is endemic to the Indian Subcontinent. Just like other sunbirds, they are small in size, feeding mainly on nectar but sometimes take insects, especially when feeding their young. Photographed in West Bengal, India (Aparna Mondal)

 

The Red-wattled Lapwing is an Indian lapwing or a large plover. It is a ground dwelling bird that is incapable of perching. Photographed in Indore, Madhya Pradesh (Reitesh Khabia)

 

The Rose-Ringed Parakeet is a medium-sized parrot that has disjunct native ranges in Africa and South Asia, and is now introduced into many other parts of the world where feral populations have established themselves. Photo taken at Guru Har Sahai, Punjab (Tushant Sachdeva)

 

Siberian Stonechat photographed at the Japanese park, Delhi, India (Kartik)

 

Southern Coucal photographed in Ayinkalam, Tavanur, Kerala (Vidjit Vijaysanker)

 

The Indian Spot-billed Duck is a large dabbling duck that breeds throughout freshwater wetlands in the Indian subcontinent. Photo taken in Bangalore, Karnataka, India (Nagaraja arkalgud)

 

The Sulphur-bellied Warbler is a leaf-warbler found in the Palearctic region. It was formerly known as the Olivaceous Leaf-warbler. Photographed in Nagpur, Maharashtra, India (Vikram Bahal)

 

The Blue Jay is native to North America. It is a resident bird through most of eastern and central United States, although western populations may be migratory. Photographed at the Indiana Dunes National Park (Owen Deutsch Photography)

 

The Violet-green Swallow gets its name from the colouration on its back and rump. It is a small North American passerine bird in the swallow family (Jola Charlton)

 

White-browed Fulvetta photographed in Darjeeling hills, West Bengal, India (Partha Das)

 

The White-eyed Buzzard is a widely distributed bird in Asia, throughout India and in the plains and extending up to 1000 m in the Himalayas. Photographed in Gujarat, India (Jay Patel)

 

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Edited by Abigail Ramudzuli, Campaign Manager