Top 25 birds of the week: Bright Colours

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

 

The Black-rumed Flameback is a widely distributed bird in the Indian Subcontinent. It is the only golden-backed woodpecker with a black throat and a black rump. Photographed in Bangalore, India (Gopalkrishna Kurandwad)

 

The Blue-throated Barbet is an Asian Barbet with bright green, blue and red plumage. It is native to the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia. Photo taken in Sattal, Uttarakhand, India (Gargi Biswas)

 

The Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrush is found in the northern regions of the Indian Subcontinent, eastwards towards parts of Southeast Asia. This photo was taken in Sattal, Uttarakhand, India (Aparna Mondal)

 

Coppersmith Barbet photographed in Mumbai, India (Kalyani Kapdi)

 

The Great Barbet is a resident breeder in the lower-to-middle altitudes of the Himalayas, ranging across northern India, Nepal and Bhutan, Bangladesh and some parts of Southeast Asia, as far as Laos. Photo taken in Sattal, Uttarakhand, India (Feroze Hossain)

 

Grey Headed Swamphen photographed in Indore, Madhya Pradesh (Reitesh Khabia)

 

The Indian Golden Oriole is very similar to the Eurasian Golden but it has more yellow in the tail and has a paler shade of red in the iris and bill. This photo was taken in Bangalore, India (Gopalkrishna Kurandwad)

 

Indian Peafowl, also called the Common Peafowl, is a species of peafowl native to the Indian Subcontinent. This bird has been introduced to many other countries. Photographed at the Mudhumalai National park, Tamilnadu, India (Srivatsan Sathiyamoorthy)

 

The Indian Roller is found widely from West Asia to the Indian Subcontinent. Photographed in Chennai, Tamilnadu, India (Srivatsan Sathiyamoorthy)

 

The Keel-billed Toucan is also known as the Sulfur-breasted Toucan or the Rainbow-billed Toucan. This is a colourful Latin American member of the toucan family. It is a national bird of Belize. Photographed at the Costarican Jungle (Ramesh Aithal)

 

Laced Woodpecker photographed in Selangor, Malaysia (Richard Chong)

 

The Lesser Yellownape is a widespread woodpecker, often a common breeder in tropical and sub-tropical Asia, primarily the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia. Phtographed in Sarahan, Himachal Pradesh (Amit Sharma)

 

The Olive Backed Sunbird is a species of sunbird, found from Southern Asia to Australia. In most subspecies, the underparts of both males and females are bright yellow, the back are dull brown in colour. Photographed at the Botanical Gardens in Singapore (Abhay Dahake)

 

The Painted Bunting is a native bird to North America. Males of this species have bright plumage that only comes in the second year of life. In their first year they can only be distinguished from the females by close inspection. Photographed in South Carolina, U.S (Jack Catalina)

 

Plum-headed Parakeet photographed in Bhondsi, Gurgaon, India (Amit Sharma)

 

The Purple Gallinule is a medium-sized rail. Adults of this species have purple-blue plumage that shine green and turquoise when in good lighting. Photographed in Bubali, Aruba, The Caribbean (Michiel Oversteegen)

 

The Rainbow Lorikeet is a parrot found in Australia. It is a common bird along the eastern seaboard, from Queensland to South Australia. Plumage of the Rainbow Lorikeet is very bright. The head has a deep blue with a greenish-yellow nuchal collar, and the rest of the upper parts are green. Photographed in Melbourne, Australia (Richard Chong)

 

The Red Avadavat, also known as the Red Munia or the Strawberry Finch, is a sparrow-sized bird found in the open fields and grasslands of tropical Asia. Photographed in Bhigwan, Maharashtra (Tilak Ch)

 

Red Avadavat photographed in Kolkata (Partha Das)

 

Red-throated Barbet photographed in Perak, Malaysia (Kelvin Low)

 

The Red-bearded Bee-eater is a colourful bird with a long tail, long decurved beak and pointed wings. It is a large bee-eater, predominantly green, with a red colouration to face that extents on to the slightly hanging throat feathers to form the “bears”. This bird was photographed in Penang, Malaysia (Kelvin Low)

 

Rose-ringed Parakeet photographed in New Delhi (Sumit K Sum)

 

The Rufous-bellied Niltava in Kotdwar, Uttrakhand, India (Sanjay Garg)

 

The Northern Double-collared Sunbird is also called the golden-winged sunbird. Males are very territorial and will even physically fight in mid-air with other birds, and sometimes will even take the brawl to the ground. This was photographed in Rwanda with a guide Nelis Wolmarans Photography (Owen Deuscth Photography)

 

White-browed Fulvetta photographed at the Singalila National Park India (Saptarshi Mukherjee)

 

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.

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Edited by Abigail Ramudzuli, Campaign Manager