Top 25 birds of the week: #August

Thank you to all the photographers that submitted photos of birds with the theme #August, your pictures can 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 Pied kingfisher is a widely distributed species across Africa and Asia, usually found in pairs or small family groups. Photographed in Nagpur, Maharashtra, India (Vikram Bahal)

 

The Ashy Prinia, also known as the Ashy Wren-warbler, is a resident breeder in the Indian Subcontinent, ranging across most of India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and western Myanmar. Photographed in Somasagara, Haveri, Karnataka, India (Mallikarjuna S)

 

Blue-tailed Bee-eater photographed in Durgapur, West Bengal, India (Aparna Mondal)

 

The Brown Barbet is found in Borneo. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests. Photographed in Sabah, Malaysia (Richard Chong)

 

The Brown Fish Owl is native from Turkey to south and southeast Asia. Because of its wide distribution, it is listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List. Photographed at the Sitabani Forest Reserve, Ramnagar (Sumit K Sum)

 

The Chestnut-tailed Starling is a resident or partially migratory species found in wooded habitats in India and Southeast Asia. Photographed in Nagpur, Maharashtra, India (Narendra Nikhare)

 

Other names for the Common Kingfisher are Eurasian Kingfisher and River Kingfisher. It is a small kingfisher with seven recognized subspecies within its wide distribution across Eurasia and North Africa. Photographed in Balurghat, Dakshin Dinajpur, West Bengal, India (Gargi Biswas)

 

Common Sandpipers photographed in Purbasthali, West Bengal (Santanu Dey)

 

The Common Tailorbird is found across tropical Asia. It is a brightly coloured bird, with bright green upperparts and creamy underparts. They are wren-like with a long upright tail that is often moved around. Photographed in Madhyamgram, Kolkata (Grace Marian)

 

The Crested Lark is common to mainland Europe. This bird can also be found in northern Africa and in parts of western Asia and China. Photographed in India (Maya Patil)

 

The Grey-headed Bulbul is endemic to the Western Ghats in south-western India, and found from Goa south to Tamil Nadu at altitudes up to 1200m. Photographed in Coorg, Karnataka (Ramesh Aithal)

 

The Indian Pond Heron is also known as the Paddybird. It is a small heron of Old World origin, breeding in southern Iran and east to the Indian Subcontinent. Photographed in Indore, Madhya Pradesh (Reitesh Khabia)

 

Indian stone-curlew, also known as the Indian Thick-knee, is found in the plains of South and South-eastern Asia. Members of this species have large eyes and are brown with streaks and have pale marks making it hard to spot against the background of soils and rocks. Photographed in Saketri, Nepli Reserve Forest, India (Kuldip Jaswal)

 

Lesser Golden-backed Woodpecker photographed in Kolkata south, West Bengal (Pradyut Choudhury)

 

The Malabar Grey Hornbill is a hornbill species endemic to the Western Ghats and associated hills of southern India. These hornbills move around in pairs or small groups, feeding on figs and other forest fruits. Photographed in Kerala, India (Pradnya Paralkar)

 

Orange-bellied Flowerpecker photographed in Sabah, Malaysia (Richard Chong)

 

The Oriental White-eye is a resident breeder in open woodland on the Indian Subcontinent. They forage in small groups, feeding on nectar and small insects. Photographed in Sattal, Uttarakhand (Aparna Mondal)

 

An American White Pelican is a huge white bird with a nine-foot wingspan and an enormous orange bill. Photographed in Oviedo, FL, USA (Linn Smith)

 

Plain Prinia photographed in Amravati, Maharashtra, India (Gajendra Bawane)

 

The Prong-billed Barbet is a distinctive, relatively large-billed bird native to humid highland forest of Costa Rica and western panama. It prefers cool, wet, moss-festooned mountain forest with large trees and adjacent habitat. Photographed in Costa Rica, Central America (Nagaraja Arkalgud)

 

The Purple sunbird is mainly found in South and Southeast Asia but extending west into parts of the Arabian Peninsula. Like other sunbirds, they feed mainly on nectar, although they will also take insects, especially when feeding young. Photographed in West Bengal, India (Firdousi Ahmed)

 

Shikra. It is a small bird of prey found widely distributed in Asia and Africa where it is also called the Little Banded Goshawk. Photographed in Gujarat, India (Vipul Trivedi)

 

Slaty-headed Parakeet photographed in Kakragad, Ukhimath, Uttarakhand. India (Pradyut Choudhury)

 

The Yellow Bittern is of Old World origins, breeding in the northern Indian Subcontinent, east to the Russian Far East, Japan and Indonesia. It is mainly resident, but some northern birds migrate short distances. Photographed in Lucknow, India (Prakash Vir Singh)

 

Yellow-rumped Flowerpecker photographed inSabah, Malaysia (Richard Chong)

 

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Edited by Abigail Ramudzuli, Campaign Manager