Top 25 birds of the week: Birds in Pairs

Gregarious behavior is beneficial to birds because it provides protection in numbers and gives each individual a better opportunity for survival. A roosting flock, for example, will generate body warmth in cold weather that can help the group stay more comfortable. There are also many bird species known to form long term, strong pair bonds that could be defined as mating for life. While any of these birds may seek a new mate if the pair cannot produce eggs or if one partner is injured or dies.
Thank you to all the photographers that submitted photos of birds with the theme #Birds_in_Pairs. 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.

Common Egrets are large, widely distributed egret, with four subspecies found in Asia, Africa, the Americas, and southern Europe. Photographed in Sundarban, West Bengal, India (Nandita Bhattacharya)

 

Juvenile Lesser Flamingos photographed in Maharashtra, India (Binesh Nair)

 

A pair of Brown-fronted Woodpeckers photographed at Sattal, Uttarakhand, India (Smita Behera)

 

Baya Weavers are found in grasslands, cultivated areas, scrub and secondary growth and they are best known for their hanging retort shaped nests woven from leaves. Photographed in Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh, India (Birendra Kumar)

 

Rufous Sibia pair. These birds feed on berries and insects, they are found in the northern parts of the Indian subcontinent, ranging across India, Nepal and Bhutan. Photographed in Sattal, Uttarakhand, India (Vdya Vijay Kulkarni)

 

Black-winged Stilts are widely distributed, long-legged waders in the avocet and stilt family. Photographed in Mangalajudi, Odisha, India (Aparna Mondal)

 

Dalmatian Pelicans are the largest members of the pelican family, and perhaps the world’s largest freshwater bird, although rivaled in weight and length by the largest swans. Photographed in Uttar Pradesh, India (Simon Singh)

 

Dark -fronted Babblers photographed in Ganeshgudi, Karnataka, India (Smita Behera)

 

Egyptian Vultures are also known as White Scavenger Vulture or Pharaoh’s Chicken. They are small Old World vultures and the only member of the genus Neophron. Photographed in Barabanki, UP, India (Prakash Vir Singh)

 

Grey Crowned Cranes are found in eastern and southern Africa, and it is the national bird of Uganda. Birds of this species occur in dry savannah in Sub-Saharan Africa, although it nests in somewhat wetter habitats. Photographed in Ngorongoro, Tanzania (Joshua Sant)

 

Himalayan Bulbuls, sometimes called White-cheeked bulbuls. Photographed in Uttarakhand, India (Rana Mukherjee)

 

Indian Grey Hornbills are common hornbills found on the Indian Subcontinent. They are mostly arboreal and are commonly seen in pairs. This pair was photographed in Delhi, India (Rima Singha Roy)

 

Kalij Pheasants photographed at Sattal, Uttrakhand, India (Jasvir Faridkot)

 

Spotted Doves are small and somewhat long-tailed pigeons that are common resident breeding birds across their native range on the Indian Subcontinent and in Southeast Asia. Photographed in Hyderabad, India (Kishoren Bakshi)

 

Limpkins have long legs and seem to limp as they walk across uneven areas hence their name. Courtship feeding is part of their bonding process. Photographed in Winter Springs, FL, USA (Linn Smith)

 

Indian Rollers are found to occur widely from West Asia to the Indian Subcontiennt. They are best known for their aerobatic display of males during the breeding season. Photographed in Faridkot, Punjab, India (Jasvir Faridkot)

 

Red-billed Leiothrix photographed in Sattal, Uttarakhand, India (Gargi Biswas)

 

Red-breasted Parakeet are among more widespread species of the genus. They are easily identified by the large red patch on their breast. The Red-breasted Parakeet is also known as the Moustached Parakeet. Photographed in Hooghly, West Bengal (Pradyut Choudhury)

 

Rosy Pelicans photographed in Uttar Pradesh, India (Shalini Jain)

 

Spotted Owlets are small owls which breed in tropical Asia from mainland India to Southeast Asia. they are common residents of open habitats including farmland and human habitation. They have been adapted to living in cities. Photographed in Durgapur, West Bengal, India (Aparna Mondal)

 

Sri Lanka Frogmouths are small frogmouths found in the Western Ghats of south India and Sri Lanka. These birds are related to the nightjars, they are nocturnal and are found in forest habitats. Photographed in Thattekad, Kerala, India (Raghavendra Mukundarao)

 

Steppe Eagles photographed in Nahan, Himachal Pradesh, India (Garry Bhatti)

 

Black Vultures are monogamous and pairs mate for life. Photographed in Oviedo, FL, USA (Linn Smith)

 

A pair of White-throated Laughingthrushes photographed in Sattal, Uttrakhand (Gagan Bedi)

 

Yellow crowned Woodpeckers Nagpur, Maharashtra, India (K Murli Manohar Naidu)

 

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Edited by Abigail Ramudzuli, Campaign Manager