Top 25 birds of the week: Bird Colour!

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

 

Black-naped Oriole photographed in Kolkata, south West Bengal, India (Pradyut Choudhury)

 

The Blue-and-yellow Macaw is sometimes called the Blue-and-gold Macaw. It is a large south American parrot with mostly blue top parts and light orange underparts, with gradient hues of green on top of its head. Photographed in Bali, Indonesia (Dr. Radhakrishnan Sadasivam)

 

The Blue-throated Barbet is a bright green bird with a blue throat, a red-and-yellow crown, and a heavy, pale-based bill. Birds at the northern and western parts of this species’ range have a black brow, while southern birds don’t. photographed in Sattal, Uttarakhand, India (PS Bhandari)

 

Adult males of the Blue-throated Blue Flycatcher have blue throats and orange breasts with a well-defined white belly and flanks. Females have an olive head and upperparts with poorly defined creamy-orange chest and a white belly. Photographed in in Kerala, India (Pradnya Paralkar)

 

Blue-winged Minla. Adults of this species are powdery grey-blue with blue highlights on the wings and tail. Photographed in Sattal, Uttarakhand, India (PS Bhandari)

 

The Brown-headed Barbet is a green and brown barbet with prominent pale streaks on its brown head and breast. The brown throat and green wings and white speckling on the shoulders are characteristics of this species. Photographed in Delhi NCR, India (Anupam Kamal)

 

Common Iora photographed in Paratwada, Maharashtra, India (Ranjeet Chitrakar)

 

The Crested Pigeon has a stocky build, it has grey-brown feathers that become pinker on the underparts. It has a grey head with a noticeable thin black crest, and red eyes with pink-red rings around them. Its wings have black bars and glossy green and purple patches. Photographed in Sydney, Australia (Paneendra BA)

 

The Fire-tufted Barbet has an overall green colour and have a brownish-maroon nape, grey lores, white band on the forehead, throat green, followed by a bright yellow band before a black band, appearing like a necklace separates the belly. Photographed in Pahang, Malaysia (Richard Chong)

 

Great Barbet photographed in Uttrakhand, India (Lalit Arora)

 

Green Munia photographed in Mount Abu, Rajasthan, India (Anil Tripathi)

 

Males of the Grey-winged Blackbird are black and females are brown, but both have flashing silvery wings. Their bright orange bill and eye-ring are eye-catching in dark forests. Photographed in Sattal, Uttarakhand, India (PS Bhandari)

 

Indian White-eye photographed in Sattal, Uttarakhand, India (Binit Chatterjee)

 

The Nilgiri Flycatcher is entirely indigo-blue is unique. Females are gray overall, though can sometimes show a bluish tinge in good lighting. Photographed at the Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu, India (Vidjit Vijaysanker)

 

Oriental Turtle-dove photographed in Sattal, Uttrakhand, India (Roshan Tawar)

 

The plumage of the Paradise Flycatcher is sexually dimorphic, with rufous, white and black being the most common colours. Photographed in Bangalore, Karnataka, India (Moulie G J C)

 

Rufous-bellied Niltava photographed in Uttrakhand, India (Pankaj Kapoor)

 

The Rufous-browed Flycatcher has a clean white throat and a strong rusty orange tinge to the brow and forehead. Photographed in Pahang, Malaysia (Richard Chong)

 

Rufous-collared Kingfisher photographed in Pahang, Malaysia (Noreen Chong)

 

Males of the Black-rumped Sharma are glossy black with a chestnut belly and white feather on the rump and outer tail. Females are more greyish-brown, and are typically shorter than males. Photographed in Mandurai, India (Dr James David Raj)

 

The Stork-billed Kingfisher is a large kingfisher with a large scarlet bill. Its head is olive-brown with dark green-blue upperparts and buff underparts. Wings and tail are bluer, with rump even paler blue, obvious during flight. Photographed in Kotdwar, Uttarakhand, India (Dr. Sanjay Solanki)

 

The Red Munia or Red Avadavat photographed in Surajpur Wetlands in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India (Sibananda Bhanja)

 

The red-whiskered Bulbul can be spotted commonly in forest areas. It is usually brown in colour with whitish underparts, with buff flanks and black crest. Also, a red patch can be seen behind the eye. Photographed in Thrissur, Kerala, India (Dr Simon Mathew)

 

Males of the Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher are bright blue, with the throat and breast red, and the rest of the underparts being white. Females are duller blue with a brighter blue brow, shoulder, rump and tail. Photographed in Sirsi, Karnataka, India (Paneendra BA)

 

Yellow-wattled lapwings are dull gray brown with a black cap, yellow legs and a triangular wattle at the base of the beak. Like other lapwings, they are plovers, they are ground dwelling birds and their nest is a mere collection of tiny pebbles within which their well camouflage eggs are laid. Photographed in Saketri, Haryana (Gagan Bedi)

 

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Edited by Abigail Ramudzuli, Campaign Manager