Most birds will often form aggregations known as flocks when they feed, or fly. The benefit of doing activities as part of a flock is that multiple birds can look out for danger while others forage or fly. Many species will also congregate to form mixed flocks that forage together, this may benefit solitary species that do not live in flocks by providing group protection.
Thank you to all the photographers that submitted photos of birds with the theme #Groups. 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.
Atlantic Puffins photographed in Staple Island, England, UK (Gargi Biswas)
Bar-headed Geese breed in central Asia in colonies of thousands near mountains lakes and winters in South Asia, as far south as peninsular India. Photographed in Teesta River Bed, Gajoldoba, India (Sinchan Ray)
Crabplover, Whimbrels, and Grey plover photographed at Udupi, India (Kannika Nagarajan)
Eurasian Griffons, also known as Griffon Vultures, breed on crags in mountains in southern Europe, north Africa, and Asia. These vultures may form loose colonies. Photographed in Rajasthan, India (Kannika Nagarajan)
Eurasian Spoonbills are wading birds of the ibis and spoonbill family. They are Palearctic species, that breed from the United Kingdom and Spain in the west through Japan, and also in North Africa. Photographed in Mysore, India (Vijita Asher)
Eurasian spoonbills photographed in Nagpur, Maharashtra, India (Vikram Bahal)
Eurasian Tree Sparrows are widespread in towns and cities of eastern Asia, but in Europe they are birds of lightly wooded open countryside, with the house sparrow breeding in the more urban areas. Photographed in Sikkim (Parta Das)
Fulvous Whistling Ducks are known to breed across the world’s tropical regions in much of Mexico and South America, the West indies, the Southern United States, sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian Subcontinent. Photographed at Chennai, India (Kannika Nagarajan)
Glossy Ibises found foraging in small flocks. Photographed at the Harike Wetlands (Manish ahuja)
Great White Pelicans photographed at Walvis Bay, Namibia (Anthony Roberts)
Griffon Vultures in Jorbeer, Bikaner, India (Renu Kohli)
Indian Silverbills, also called White-throated Munia, are small passerine birds found in the Indian Subcontinent and adjoining regions. This species was formerly considered to include the closely related African Silverbill. Photographed here with a Baya Weaver on the far right at Hampi, Karnataka (Ramesh Aithal)
Jungle Babbler photographed in Bhatinda, Punjab Photographed by (PS Bhandari)
Lesser Whistling Ducks are nocturnal feeders that during the day they may be found in flocks around lakes and wet paddy fields. They can also perch on trees and sometimes build their nest in the hollow of trees. Photographed at Andaman and Nicobar Islands (Dr SS Suresh)
Little Cormorants are widely distributed across the Indian Subcontinent and extends east to Java, where they are sometimes called the Javanese Cormorants. Photographed at the Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India (Gargi Biswas)
Malabar Starlings photographed in Thattekad, Kerala, India (Gargi Biswas)
Northern Pintails, or just Pintails, have a wide geographic distribution and they breed in the northern areas of Europe and across the palearctic and North America. Photographed in Manglajodi, Odisha, India (Saptarshi Mukherjee)
Painted Bush Quails are found in the hill forests of India. They move in small coveys on hillsides and are distinguished by their red bills and legs. Photographed in Kotagiri, Tamilnadu Photographed (Mohammed Ashraf)
Painted Storks photographed in Jamnagar, Gujarat (Pradyut Choudhury)
Ruddy Shelducks in Pune, Maharashtra, India Photographed (Kavya Ram)
Indian Spot-billed Ducks are large dabbling ducks that are non-migratory. They breed throughout freshwater wetlands in the Indian Subcontinent. Photographed in Jamnagar, Gujarat, India (Vishwas Thakker)
One Spot-Billed Pelican seen with its young. Photographed in Mysore, India (Vijita Asher)
Spotted Owlets photographed in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. These are common residents of open habitats including farmland and human habitation, they are also adapted to living in cavities of rocks or buildings (Reitesh Khabia)
Temminck’s stints photographed in Trichur, Kerala, India (Dr SS Suresh)
Black Vultures photographed in Oviedo, Florida, USA (Linn Smith)
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Edited by Abigail Ramudzuli, Campaign Manager