Top 25 birds of the week: Colouration!

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

The White-bellied Blue Flycatcher is a small passerine bird endemic to the Western Ghats of southwest India. Males of this species are dark blue with a lighter shade of blue on the brow and have a greyish white belly. Females have rufous breast, a white face and they are olive grey above. Photographed in Sattal, Uttarakhand (Vidya Vijay Kulkarni)

 

Verditor Flycatcher photographed in Sattal, Uttrakhand, India (Aparna Mondal)

 

The Venezuelan Troupial is the national bird of Venezuela. Photographed in Arashi, Aruba, the Caribbean (Michiel Oversteegen)

 

The Grey-headed Kingfisher’s genus, Halcyon, came from the Greek word alkuōn, which was a mythical bird associated with the kingfisher. This was photographed in Maasai Mara, Kenya with the guide Nelis Wolmarans (Owen Deutsch)

 

The Stork-billed Kingfisher is a large kingfisher which is widely but sparsely distributed in the tropical Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia, from India to Indonesia. It is a resident bird throughout its range. Photographed in Penang, Malaysia (Lee Wee Yee)

 

The Rufous-collared Kingfisher photographed in Pahang, Malaysia (Richard Chong)

 

Rufous-backed Dwarf-kingfisher photographed in Selangor, Malaysia (Richard Chong)

 

Red-billed Leiothrix photographed in Uttarakhand, India (Anupam Kamal)

 

The Red-legged Honeycreeper is a small songbird found in the tropical New World from southern Mexico south to Peru, Bolivia and central Brazil, Trinidad and Tobago, and on Cuba, where possibly introduced. It is also rarely found in southern Texas. Photographed at the Costarican Jungle, Costa Rica (Ramesh Aithal)

 

Red-headed Barbet photographed in Costa Rica, Central America (Nagaraja Arkalgud)

 

The Puff-throated Babbler, also known as the Spotted Babbler, is found in scrub and moist forest mainly in hilly regions. This babbler is brown above, and white below with heavily brown streaks towards the breast and belly. Photographed in Sirsi, Karnataka, India (Paneendra BA)

 

The Long-tailed Broadbill is a forest bird that lives on insects. It has yellow plumage on the throat. Blueish-green plumage on the belly, back, and wings. Photographed in Latpanchor, Darjeeling, West Bengal (Gargi Biswas)

 

The Lesser Adjutant is a large wading bird in the stork family. Just like other members of its genus, it has a bare neck and head. It is however more closely associated with wetland habitats where it is solitary and is less likely to scavange than the related Greater Adjutant. Photographed at the Kelageri Lake, Dharwad, Karnataka, India (Dr Basawant Gannigeri)

 

The Kalij Pheasant is found in forests and thickets, especially in the Himalayan foothills, from Pakistan to western Thailand. Photographed in Sattal, Uttrakhand, India (Aparna Mondal)

 

The Great Barbet is the largest barbet species native to the Indian Subcontinent. It has a blue head, large yellow bill, brown and green-streaked body, belly and a red vent. Its plumage is green. Photographed in Sattal, Uttarakhand, India (Vidya Vijay Kulkarni)

 

Bluethroat photographed in West Bengal, India (Nupur Banik)

 

Bluethroat photographed in Bosipota, Hooghly-outskirt. West Bengal, India (Alok Das)

 

The Blue-throated Barbet is a bright green, blue and red plumage, native to the Indian Subcontinent ad Southeast Asia. Photographed at Chakki modd (H.P.), India (Manish Ahuja)

 

Blue Whistling Thrush photographed in Uttarakhand, India (Lalit Arora)

 

Blue-capped Rock Thrush photographed in Tamil Nadu, India (Moulie G J C)

 

The Blue-capped Rock thrush. Males of this species are brightly-colored with black mask, sky-blue head, and orange rump and underparts. Photographed in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India (Devjani Patra)

 

Black-rumped Flameback photographed in Assam, India (Biswajit Ray)

 

The Black-naped Oriole is a medium-sized and overall golden bird with a strong pinkish bill and a broad black mast and nape. Photographed in Kolkata, South West Bengal, India (Pradyut Choudhury)

 

The Black redstart is a small passerine bird in the redstart genus Phoenicurus. Adult birds have an overall dark grey to black on the upperparts and with a black breast. The lower rump and tail are orange-red, with two central tail feathers being dark red-brown. Photographed in Paratwada, Maharashtra State, India (Dr. Ranjeet Chitrakar)

 

Breeding males of the Baya Weaver have a bright yellow crown, dark brown mask, blackish brown bill, upper parts are dark brown streaked with yellow, with a yellow breast and cream buff below. Photographed in Hyderabad, India (Sourav Mookherjee)

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