Top 25 birds of the week: Colours

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

Yellow-footed Green Pigeon photographed in Saltlake, Kolkata, India (Kalyan Kumar Phani)

 

White-throated Kingfisher at Faridkot, Punjab, India (Gagan Bedi)

 

Vernal Hanging Parrot photographed in Somasagara, Haveri, Karnataka, India (Mallikarjuna S)

 

The Red-headed Barbet loves fruit and is known for nesting in holes within rotting trees. This is a female, which lacks the vibrant red head. This one was photographed in the Valle del Cauca area in Colombia (Owen Deutsch)

 

The Streaked Spiderhunter is olive yellow in colour, with multiple darker streaks. It also has long, curved black beak and yellow legs. Photographed in Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary, Darjeeling, West Bengal, India (Ajad Singh)

 

Stork-billed Kingfisher photographed in Bardhaman, India (Sanjoy Kumar Dey)

 

Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher is found in the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia, ranging across Bangladesh, Bhutan, Hong Kong, India, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand and Vietnam. This bird is known for its reddish brown colour with a distinctively coloured patch on their throat. Photographed in Chopta, Uttarakhand (Ajad Singh)

 

Rose-ringed Parakeets are sexually dimorphic. Adult males have a red and black neck ring, and the females and immature birds of both sexes either show no neck rings, or display shadow-like pale to dark grey neck rings. Photographed in Kolkata, India (Nandita Bhattacharya)

 

The Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher photographed in Konkan, Maharashtra, India (Prasad Datar)

 

The Noisy Miner is endemic to eastern and southeastern Australia. It is a grey bird with a black head, orange-yellow beak and feet, with a distinctive yellow patch behind the eye, and white tips on the tail feathers. Photographed in Sydney, Australia (Paneendra BA)

 

Lesser Yellownape photographed in Sattal, Uttarakhand, India (Aparna Mondal)

 

Lesser Golden-backed Woodpecker portray a range of colours such as yellow to brown wings, red crest, white and black feathers on the body. They appear like a flame and thus are also known as Flameback Woodpeckers. Photographed in Bhagalpur, India (Sumit K Sum)

 

Keel-billed Toucans are also known as Sulfur-breasted Toucan or Rainbow-billed Toucans. They are colourful Latin American members of the toucan family. Photographed at the Costarican Jungle, Costa Rica (Ramesh Aithal)

 

The Indian white-eye was formerly known as the Oriental White-eye. These birds are easily identified by the distinctive white eye-ring and overall yellowish upperparts. Photographed in Manger, Haryana, India (Arindam Saha)

 

Indian Roller photographed in Ambazari backwaters, Nagpur, Maharshtra, India (Devendra Nagpal)

 

The Indian Peafowl is also known as the Common Peafowl, or the Blue Peafowl. It is native to the Indian Subcontinent but has been introduced to many other countries. Photographed in India (Birendra Kumar)

 

Indian Paradise Flycatcher. Males of this species have elongated central tail feathers, and a black and rufous plumage in some populations, while others have white plumage. Photographed in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India (Reitesh Khabia)

 

The Great Barbet has a blue head, large yellow bill, brown and green-streaked body, belly and a red vent. Photographed in Sattal, Uttarakhand, India (Arindam Saha)

 

Grey-headed Kingfisher photographed in Sultanate of Oman (Dr SS Suresh)

 

The Common Kingfisher is also known as the Eurasian Kingfisher or the River Kingfisher. It is a small kingfisher with blue upperparts, orange underparts and a long bill. Photographed in Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India (Aparna Mondal)

 

Bluethroat photographed Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India (Renu Kohli)

 

The Blue-throated Barbet is an Asian barbet with bright green, blue and red plumage, native to the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia. Photographed in Sattal, Uttarakhand, India (Vidya Vijay Kulkarni)

 

Blue Pitta photographed in Kaeng Krachen, Thailand (Gargi Biswas)

 

Blue-and-yellow Macaw, also known as the Blue-and-gold Macaw. These birds are vivid in appearance with bright aqua blue feathers on top of their body except for the head, which is lime coloured. Photographed in Ontario, Canada  (Anupam Kamal)

 

The Black and Orange Flycatcher is a distinctly coloured bird found in the high-elevation areas of the Western Ghats, the Nilgris, the Palnis and associated hill ranges. Photographed at Sim’s Park, Ooty, Thamilnadu (Ramesh Aithal)

 

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Edited by Abigail Ramudzuli, Campaign Manager