Top 25 birds of the week: Bird Camouflage!

Thank you to all the photographers that submitted photos of birds with the theme #Conceal. 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.

Zitting Cisticola photographed in West Bengal, India (Nandita Bhattacharya)

 

The Yellow Bittern is of Old World origins. It breeds in the northern Indian Subcontinent. It is mainly resident, but some northern birds migrate short distances. Photographed in Mangalajodi, Odisha, India (Gargi Biswas)

 

Water Rail photographed in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India (Renu Kohli)

 

The Tree Pipit is a small pipit which resembles the Meadow Pipit. It is an undistinguished-looking species, streaked brown above and with black markings on a white belly and buff breast below. Photographed in Kalamasserry, Kerala, India (Sini Antony)

 

The Sri Lanka Frogmouth is a nocturnal bird found in forest habitats. The plumage colouration of this bird resembles that of dried leaves and the bird roosts quietly on branches, making it difficult to see. Photographed in Thattekkad, Kerala, India (Dr SS Suresh)

 

Spotted Owlet photographed in Kharagpur, West Bengal, India (Gargi Biswas)

 

The Short-eared Owl is a widespread grassland species. This owl is found in open country and grassland. Photographed in Gujarat, India (Pradyut Choudhury)

 

Purple Heron photographed in Pune, Maharashtra, India (Kavya Ram)

 

Paddyfield Pipit, sometimes called the Oriental Pipit, is a small passerine bird that breeds in open scrub, grassland and cultivation in southern Asia east to the Philippines. Photographed in Indore, Madhya Pradesh (Reitesh Khabia)

 

Olive-backed Pipit is a greenish brown streaked bird with darker brown above. It is mostly seen in pairs or singly and they would run about on the ground in search of food and flies up into trees when disturbed. Photographed in Kalimpong, West Bengal, India (Grace Marian)

 

Mottled Wood Owls are found in gardens and thin deciduous forests adjacent to dry thorn forests or farmland. Photographed in Bengaluru, Karnataka, India (Prabhakar)

 

The Jungle Nightjar is found in the Indian Subcontinent. It is mainly found on the edge of forests where it is seen or heard at dusk. It was formerly known as the Grey Nightjar or the Indian Jungle Nightjar. Photographed in Kerala, India (Dr SS Suresh)

 

Indian Scops Owls photographed in Gujarat, India (Asmita Baji)

 

The Indian Eagle-owl is a large horned owl native to hilly and rocky scrub forests in the Indian Subcontinent. Birds of this species are usually seen in pairs. Photographed in Faridkot, Punjab, India (Gagan Bedi)

 

The Indian Bush Lark is pale in colour and it has a cheek patch completely bounded by a white supercilium and post-auricular border. This was photographed in Karanja Maharashtra, India (Ranjeet Chitrakar)

 

The Grey Francolin is a francolin found in the plains and drier parts of the Indian Subcontinent. It was previously called the Grey Partridge, not to be confused with the European Grey Partridge. Photographed at the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve, Rajasthan, India (Pankaj Kapoor)

 

Green Bee-Eaters photographed in Paratwada, Maharashtra, India (Ranjeet Chitrakar)

 

Fiery-necked Nightjar with a chick being. Photographed in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe (John Kaufman)

 

The Egyptian Nightjar is a small nightjar which is found in south west Asia and north Africa. It winters in tropical Africa. It is a fairly common species with a wide distribution. Photographed in Ibri, Sultanate of Oman (Dr SS Suresh)

 

The Desert Lark has a very wide distribution. Photographed in Ibri, Sultanate of Oman (Dr SS Suresh)

 

The Crested Lark is common to mainland Europe, this bird can also be found in northern Africa and in parts of western Asia and Chima. It is a non-migratory bird but can occasionally be found as a vagrant in Great Britain. Photographed in Uttar Pradesh, India (Pankaj Kapoor)

 

The Common Snipe is a small, stocky wader native to Old World. It is the most widespread of several similar snipes. More than 3 snipes are seen on this photo, well camouflaged. Photographed in Nalsarvor, Gujarat (TP Prabhakar)

 

Brown Creeper photographed in Scio, Oregon (Ellie Kidd)

 

The Bengal Bush Lark is a short-tailed bird with a strong stout bill. It is dark-streaked grey above, and buff below, with spotting on the breast and behind the eye. Photographed at the Rajarhat grassland, Kolkata, West Bengal, India (Pradyut Choudhury)

 

The Ashy-crowned Sparrow-lark is found in the plains in open land with bare ground, grass and scrub across South Asia. Males are well marked with a contrasting black-and-white face pattern, while females are sandy brown, looking similar to a female sparrow. Photographed in Lalsot, Dausa, Rajasthan, India (Subhash Pahadiya)

 

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Edited by Abigail Ramudzuli, Campaign Manager