Bird flight is the primary mode of movement used by many bird species in which birds take off and fly. It is one of the most complex forms of locomotion in the animal kingdom. For birds that fly, flight assist them with feeding, breeding, getting away from danger and migration. Different bird species have evolved over millions of years and they have adapted characteristics that enable them to survive in their respective environments. They have developed specialisations in their wings, and have acquired different form of flight.

Thank you to all the photographers that submitted photos of birds with the theme #BirdsInFlight. 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 Lesser Kestrel is a small falcon that breeds from the Mediterranean across Afghanistan and Central Asia, to China and Mongolia. Photographed in Lonavala, India (Binesh Nair)

 

Asian Openbill Stork photographed in Mangalajodi, Odisha, India (Gargi Biswas)

 

The American White Pelican is a large aquatic soaring bird that breeds in interior North America, moving south and to the coats, as far as Central America and South America, in winter. Photographed in Titusville, FL, USA (Linn Smith)

 

The Black-headed Gull is a small gull that breeds in much of the Palearctic including Europe and also in coastal eastern Canada. Photographed at Mangalajodi, India (Ramesh Aithal)

 

The Black Kite is thought to be the world’s most abundant species of Accipitridae, although some populations have experienced dramatic declines or fluctuations. Photographed in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India (Reitesh Khabia)

 

Black-tailed Godwit. It is a large, long-legged, long-billed shorebird. Its breeding range stretches from Iceland through Europe and areas of central Asia. Photographed in Mangalajudi, Odisha, India (Aparna Mondal)

 

Black-eared Kite photographed in Dharmshala, Himachal Pradesh, India (Jasvir Faridkot)

 

Brahminy Kite photographed in Monglajori, Odisha, India (Ujjwal Das)

 

The Brown-headed Gull is a small gull which breeds in high plateaus of central Asia from Tajikistan to Ordos in inner Mongolia. Photographed in Mangalajudi, Odisha (Aparna Mondal)

 

The Burrowing Owl can be found in grassland, rangelands, agricultural areas, deserts, or any other open dry area with low vegetation. Because of living in open grasslands as opposed to forests, the Burrowing Owl has developed longer legs that enable it to sprint, as well as fly, when hunting. Photographed in Ontario, So CA, USA (Leslie Reagan)

 

California Gull photographed in California, USA (Dr SS Suresh)

 

The Eleonora’s Falcon is an elegant bird of prey that is shaped like a large Eurasian Hobby or a small slender Peregrine Falcon, with long pointed wings, long tail and slim body. This species breeds on islands in the Mediterranean particularly off Greece, but also in Cyprus, the Canary Islands, Ibiza and off Spain, Italy, Croatia, Morocco and Algeria. Photographed at the Cyclades Islands, Greece (Michalis Kotsakis)

 

The Great Egret is also known as the Common Egret, Large Egret, the Great White Egret or Great Large Heron. This species is distributed across most of the tropical and warmer temperate regions of the world, it builds tree nests in colonies close to water. Photographed at the Mangalajodi wetlands, Odisha, India (Pradyut Choudhury)

 

The Great Green Macau is also called the Buffon’s Macaw or the Great Military Macaw. It is a central and South American parrot found in Nicaragua, Honduras, Costa Rica, panama, Colombia and Ecuador. Photographed at the Costarican jungle (Ramesh Aithal)

 

Knob-billed Duck photographed in Faridkot, Punjab (Gagan Bedi)

 

Lesser Whistling Ducks are nocturnal feeder that during the day they may be found in flocks around lakes and wet paddy fields. Photographed in Mohali, Punjab, India (Gursimrat Singh)

 

The Osprey is a large raptor that tolerates a wide variety of habitats, nesting in any location near a body of water providing an adequate food supply. This bird is found in all continents except Antarctica, although in South America it occurs only as a non-breeding migrant. Photographed in Purbhasthli, West Bengal, India (Aparna Mondal)

 

Peregrine Falcon photographed in Chilka, Odisha, India (Ujjwal Das)

 

Pheasant-tailed Jacana at the Dhanauri Wetlands, Uttar Pradesh (Arindam Saha)

 

The Purple Heron is a wide-ranging species of wading bird in the heron family. It is similar in appearance to the more common Grey Heron but is slightly smaller, more-slender and has darker plumage. It is also a more evasive bird, favouring densely vegetated habitats near water, particularly reed beds. Photographed in Mangalajodi, Odisha (Rahuldeb Bhattacharya)

 

Red-whiskered Bulbul photographed at the Bangalore outskirts, India (Praveen Guru)

 

The Shikra is found in a range of habitats including forests, farmland and urban areas. Members of this species are using seen singly or in pairs. Photographed in Indore, Madhya Pradesh (Reitesh Khabia)

 

Spot-billed Pelican photographed in Chilika Odisha (Aparna Mondal)

 

The White-bellied Woodstar is a tiny hummingbird that flies slowly like a large bumblebee. They sometimes join other hummingbirds in flowering trees but tend to forage by themselves (Owen Deutsch)

 

The Pied Kingfisher is a species of water kingfisher widely distributed across Africa and Asia. Usually found in pairs or small family groups. When perched, they often bob their head and flick up their tail. Photographed in Indore, Madhya Pradesh (Reitesh Khabia)

 

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