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 colour will match the surrounding environment, while patterns such as countershading reduce the shadow on the bird’s underside making it less visible.

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

White-tailed Nightjar photographed at the Bubali wetlands, Aruba, The Caribbean (Michiel Oversteegen)

 

Bar Tail Treecreeper, also known as the Himalayan Treecreeper, is found primarily in the northern parts of the Indian Subcontinent, particularly in the Himalayas. Photographed at Nainital The Lake City of Uttarakhand, India (Partha Das)

 

The Collared Scops Owl is a resident breeder in south Asia from northern Pakistan, northern India, Nepal, Bangladesh, the Himalayas east to south China, and Taiwan. It is partially migratory, with some birds wintering in India. Photographed in Pench National Park, India (Pradnya Gharpure)

 

Crested Lark with a kill. Photographed in Dhanauri Wetlands Uttar Pradesh, India (Arindam Saha)

 

The Desert Lark has a wide distribution and faces no obvious threats. It breeds in deserts and semi deserts from Morocco to western India. Photographed in Ibri, Sultanate of Oman (Dr SS Suresh)

 

The Desert Wheatear is a small passerine bird found in the semi-deserts of Central Asia and in winter in Pakistan and northeast Africa. Photographed in Jaisalmer Rajasthan (Renu Kohli)

 

The Eurasian Eagle-owl is also known as the European Eagle-owl. This is one of the largest species of owl, and females can grow to a total length of 75 cm, with a wingspan of 188 cm, males being slightly smaller. Photographed in Bandhavgarh National Park, India (Satyajit Roy)

 

Grey Francolin photographed in Rajasthan (Pankaj Kapoor)

 

The Indian Bush Lark is most commonly found in dry or arid areas. It is found in Pakistan and north-western, central and south-central India. Photographed in the Tumkur outskirts, India (Praveen Guru)

 

The Indian Nightjar is a small nightjar which a resident breeder in open lands across South Asia and Southeast Asia. This nightjar can sometimes be spotted on roads when their eyes gleam red in the spotlight of a vehicle. Photographed in Karnataka, India (Siddhartha Mukherjee)

 

Indian Nightjar photographed in Jaipur, India (Asha Sharma)

 

The Indian Scops Owl is a resident species of owl native to South Asia. It occurs from eastern Arabia through the Indian Subcontinent, except the far north. Photographed at the Bandhavgarh National Park (Devanathan)

 

The Large Scimitar Babbler is found in Bangladesh, Cambodia, china, Laos, India, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. Photographed in Kaeng Krachen, Thailand (Gargi Biswas)

 

The Lesser Sand Plover is a small wader in the plover family. This plover breeds above tree lines in the Himalayas and discontinuously across to bare coastal plains in north-eastern Siberia, with the Mongolian plover in the eastern part of its range. Photographed in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman (Dr SS Suresh)

 

Mottled Wood Owl photographed in Indore, Madhya Pradesh (Reitesh Khabia)

 

The Oriental Skylark, also called the Small Skylark, is found in the southern, central and eastern Palearctic. It is found in open grassland where it feeds on seeds and insects. Photographed at the Pong Dam, Himachal Pradesh, India (Manish Ahuja)

 

Paddy field Pipit photographed in Indore, Madhya Pradesh (Reitesh Khabia)

 

The Ruffed Grouse is a state bird of Pennsylvania, United States. Photo taken in Republic, Washington (Jola Charlton)

 

The Rufous-tailed Lark is a ground bird found in drier open stony habitats of India and parts of Pakistan. Photographed in Indore, Madhya Pradesh (Reitesh Khabia)

 

Wood Sandpiper photographed in Mangalajodi, Odisha, India (Gargi Biswas)

 

Savanna Nightjar photographed in Selangor, Malaysia (Richard Chong)

 

The Spotted Owlet is a small owl which breeds in tropical Asia from mainland India to Southeast Asia. This owl is often found in human habitation. Photographed in Erode, Tamilnadu, India (Dr Radhakrishnan Sadasivam)

 

The Tawny Pipit is a medium-large passerine bird which breeds in much of the central Palearctic from northwest Africa and Portugal to central Siberia and on Inner Mongolia. Photographed at Uppar Dam, Dharapuram, India (Dr Radhakrishnan Sadasivam)

 

The Tawny-Fish Owl is native from southern Nepal to Bangladesh, Vietnam and China. Photographed in Kakragad, Uttarakhand, India (Sayantan Ghosh)

 

Yellow-throated Sparrow photographed at Karnataka, India by (Kannika Nagarajan)

 

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Edited by Abigail Ramudzuli, Campaign Manager