Top 25 birds of the week: Bird Interactions!

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

 

Alexandrine Parakeets photographed in New Delhi, India (Lalit Arora)

 

Brown-cheeked Fulvettas. These birds inhabit hill and montane forests, where they forage actively in forest and forest edge. Photographed in Ganeshgudi, Karnataka, India (Vidya Vijay Kulkarni)

 

Eurasian Spoonbills are also called Common Spoonbills. They prefer extensive shallow, wetlands with muddy, clay or fine sandy beds. They may sometimes be found in marsh, river, lakes, flooded areas and mangrove swamp. Photographed in Karnataka, India (Dr Anand)

 

Ruddy Shelduck photographed in Manglajodi, Orissa, India (Saptarshi Mukherjee)

 

Great Thick Knees are large waders which are resident breeders in tropical southern Asia from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh into South-east Asia. Photographed in Paratwada, Maharashtra, India (Ranjeet Chitrakar)

 

Greater Flamingos are the most widespread and largest species of the flamingo family. They are found in Africa, the Indian Subcontinent, the Middle East, ad in southern Europe. This was photographed in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman (Dr SS Suresh)

 

Greater Flamingos photographed in Bhilwara, Rajasthan, India (Anil Tripathi)

 

Greater Yellownape and a Great Barbet. Photographed in Uttrakhand, India Photographed (Lalit Arora)

 

Green Bee-eaters are found in a vast range that stretches from Mauritania in West Africa, to sub-Saharan Africa, as well as Middle East and India as far in the north as Nepal. In Southeast Asia, they are found in central China, Thailand and Vietnam. These were photographed at the Keshopur WetLand, Gurdaspur, Punjab, India (Soni Rajesh)

 

Himalayan Bulbul with Red Billed Leiothrix. Photographed in Chakki Modh, Himachal Pradesh, India (Tarun Kapoor)

 

House Sparrows. These birds are strongly associated with human habitation and they can live in urban or rural settings. Photographed in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India (Renu Kohli)

 

Atlantic Puffins on Sept-Iles, Quebec, Canada, in the gulf of St. Lawrence (Owen Deutsch)

 

Indian Rollers are found widely from West Asia to the Indian Subcontinent. They are often seen perched on roadside trees and wires, and they are common in open grassland and scrub-forest habitats. Photographed in Hesarghatta, Karnataka, India (Prasanna Bhat)

 

Indian White-eyes were formerly known as Oriental White-eye. They are small passerine birds in the white-eye family. This species is a resident breeder in open woodland on the Indian Subcontinent. Photographed in Ganeshgudi, Karnataka (Vidya Vijay Kulkarni)

 

Indian White-eye pair photographed in Kanakpura, Karnataka, India (Moulie G J C)

 

Jerdon’s Leafbird feeding the Juvenile. Photographed in Bangalore, Karnataka, India (Atanu Chakraborty)

 

Lesser Whistling Ducks are also known as Indian Whistling Ducks or Lesser Whistling Teal. These birds breed in the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia. Photographed in Kharagpur, West Bengal, India (Gargi Biswas)

 

Lineated Barbets. These are Asian barbets native to the Terai, the Brahmaputra basin to Southeast Asia. They are frugivores and they nest in holes of tree trunks. Photographed in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Richard Chong)

 

Male and female Kalij Pheasants. Photographed in Sattal, Uttarakhand, India (Tarun Kapoor)

 

Olive-backed Sunbirds are also known as Yellow-bellied Sunbird. They are found from Southern Asia to Australia. Photographed in Selangor, Malaysia (TW Loong)

 

Red Vented Bulbul and Brahminy Starling. Photographed in Paratwada, Maharashtra, India (Ranjeet Chitrakar)

 

Red-billed Leiothrix and the Eurasian Tree Sparrow. Photographed in Uttrakhand, India (Lalit Arora)

 

Rose-ringed Parakeets are medium-sized parrots. They have disjunct native ranges in Africa and the Indian Subcontinent. Photographed in Paratwada, Maharashtra, India (Ranjeet Chitrakar)

 

Rufous treepie. They are native to the Indian Subcontinent and adjoining part of Southeast Asia. They are members of the crow family. Photographed in Bhatinda, Punjab, India (PS Bhandari)

 

Wire-tailed Swallows are small passerine birds in the swallow family. They are found in open country near water and human habitation. Photographed in Gobichettipalayam, Tamilnadu, India (Sundara Manikkam)

Our mission is to build a global community around the freedom and beauty of birds in the wild as ambassadors for the natural ecosystems that they depend upon. They are the music, decoration, and character of every terrestrial habitat on the planet and have been around since the dinosaurs. They are the witnesses and ambassadors of the awesome power of nature. The wide availability of good, cheap optics has opened their world to us for the last few decades. Amazing, affordable DSLR cameras with long lenses are delivering brilliant digital bird imagery to online communities.

We are in a day-and-age during which more bird species are threatened with extinction than ever before. The Wild Birds! Revolution aims to publish the “Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week” to 1 million people every week by the end of the year. That is a revolution that will change the world! Join thousands of other weekend naturalists, photographers, birders, experts, hikers, nature-lovers, guides, scientists, conservationists and artists that share the thousands of wild bird photographs submitted to the Wild Bird Trust website and Facebook page. Thousands of wild bird enthusiasts are going out every day to photograph our planet’s beautiful birdlife. Pick up your camera, fill your bird feeder, open your heart, and join the Wild Birds! Revolution!!

Edited by Abigail Ramudzuli, Campaign Manager