Top 25 birds of the week: Camouflage!

Birds make use of plumage colouration and behaviour to conceal themselves from potential predators or prey, this is known as camouflage. In some species plumage colouration will match the surrounding environment, while patterns such as countershading reduce the shadow on the bird’s underside making it less visible. Certain behaviours such as crouching low to the ground often accompany plumage colouration to make the act of blending into the environment more effective.
Thank you to all the photographers that submitted photos of birds with the theme #Camouflage. 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. Enjoy!


Pacific Golden Plover, assuming its breeding plumage, camouflaged with the dried mud flats of Selangor coast. Photographed in Selangor, Malaysia (Saravanan Palanisamy)


Ashy-crowned Sparrow-lark. Photographed in Gobichettipalayam, Tamilnadu, India (Sundara Manikkam)


The Asian Barred Owl is a species of true owl, resident in northern parts of the Indian Subcontinent and parts of Southeast Asia. Photographed in Sirmaur Valley, India (Rajesh Mahajan)


The Bar-tailed Treecreeper is found primarily in the northern parts of the Indian Subcontinent, particularly in the Himalayas, as well as in adjoining regions. Photographed in Bhojnagar, Himachal Pradesh (Gagan Bedi)


The Barred Bottonquail is resident from India across tropical Asia to South China, Indonesia and the Philippines. Photographed in Penang, Malaysia (Lee Wee Yee)


The Black-winged Ground Dove is found in subtropical or tropical moist montane forests and subtropical or tropical high-altitude shrubland (George of Aninat Tower)


The Clamorous Reed Warbler is an Old World warbler that breeds from Egypt eastwards through Pakistan, Afghanistan and northernmost India to south China, southeast Asia and south to Australia. Photographed in Gobichettipalayam, Tamilnadu, India (Sundara Manikkam)


Common Sandpiper photographed in Haryana, India (Anupam Kamal)


Eurasian Hoopoe photographed in Haryana, India (Anupam Kamal)


Indian Courser. These birds are difficult to spot amidst the background. Mainly found in mainland South Asia, between the plains bounded by the Ganges and Indus river system. Photographed in Jhanjhrola, Gurgaon, India (Satirtha Ghosh)


The Indian Robin is a widespread species in the Indian Subcontinent and ranges across Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Photographed in Kapurthala, India (Rajesh Mahajan)


The Indian Scops Owl. Photographed in Bhilwara, Rajasthan, India (Anil Tripathi)


The Large Frogmouth is found in Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, in subtropical or tropical moist lowland forest. Photographed in Pahang, Malaysia (Richard Chong)


The Oriental Skylark is also known as the Small Skylark, is a species of skylark found in the southern, central and eastern Palearctic. Like other skylarks, it is found in open grassland where it feeds on seeds and insects. Photographed in Baruipur grass land Kolkata, West Bengal, India (Pradyut Choudhury)


The Paddyfield Pipit is a small passerine bird in the pipit and wagtail family. It is a resident breeder in open scrub, grassland and cultivation in southern Asia east to the Philippines. Photographed in Jawai bandh, Rajasthan, India (Pradyut Choudhury)


Pallid Scops Owl. Photographed in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India (Renu Kohli)


The Plain Prinia is also called the Plain Wren-warbler or White-browed Wren-warbler. It is a small cisticolid warbler found in southeast Asia. Photographed in Sultanpur National Park, Gurgaon (Sumit K Sum)


Puff Throated Babbler. Photographed in Changkran Roy, Cambodia (Richard Chong)


The Rufous-chinned Laughingthrush ranges across the northern parts of the Indian Subcontinent and some parts of Southeast Asia. Photographed in Himachal Pradesh, India (Anupam Kamal)


Savanna Nightjar photographed in Penang, Malaysia (Lee Wee Yee)


The Siberian Stonechat, sometimes called the Asian Stonechat, breeds in the East Palearctic including in easternmost Europe and winters in the Old World tropics. Photographed at the Dhanauri Wetlands, India (Sumit K Sum)


The Spotted Owlet is a small owl which breeds in tropical Asia from mainland India to southeast Asia. It is a common resident of open habitats including farmland and human habitation, it has adapted to cities. Photographed in Haryana, India (Lalit Arora)


Sykes’s Nightjar photographed in Gujarat, India (Vidya Vijay Kulkarni)


The Yellow Bittern is a small bittern that breeds in northern Indian Subcontinent, east to the Russian Far East, Japan and Indonesia. It is mainly resident, but some northern birds migrate short distances. Photographed in Baruipur, Kolkata, India (Momita Bhattacharya)


Yellow-throated Sparrow photographed in Bhondsi, Haryana, India (Sumit K Sum)


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Edited by Abigail Ramudzuli, Campaign Manager