Top 25 birds of the week: Conservation!

Thousands of plants and animals around the world are currently experiencing rapid declines. Today, one in eight of the world’s 10,000 bird species are threatened with extinction, of which more than 200 are categorised as Critically Endangered, the highest category of threat of extinction.

Thank you to all the photographers that submitted photos of birds with the theme #conservation. We admire birds for their beauty and their ability to fly and most importantly for the role they play in the ecosystem. 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.

Woolly-necked Stork photographed in Paratwada, Maharashtra, India (Ranjeet Chitrakar)

 

The White-browed Bulbul is a resident breeder in Sri Lanka and peninsular India. Photographed in Mysore, Karnataka, India (Prabhakar T P)

 

The Wallcreeper is a small passerine found throughout the high mountains of the Palearctic from southern Europe to central China. Photographed in Uttarakhand, India (Kalyani Kapdi)

 

Rose-ringed Parakeet. Photographed in Kolkata, India (Nandita Bhattacharya)

 

The Rose-ringed Parakeet is one of the few parrot species that have successfully adapted to living in disturbed habitats. It has withstood the onslaught of urbanization and deforestation. Photographed in Bangalore, Karnataka, India (Paneendra BA)

 

Ridgway’s Rail. Photographed at the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve (Barbara Wallace)

 

The White-cheeked Barbet is an Asian barbet found in southern India. Photographed in Bangalore, Karnataka, India (Paneendra BA)

 

The Puff-throated Babbler is also known as the Spotted Babbler. It is found in scrub and moist forest mainly in hilly regions Ganeshgudi, Karnataka, India (Vidya Vijay Kulkarni)

 

Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher Photographed in Chiplun, Maharashtra, India (Arun Samak)

 

The Nilgiri Blue Robin is found in forest patches in the valleys of high altitudes grasslands known as sholas. Photographed in Nilgiris, Tamilnadu, India (Geetha Mani)

 

The Lesser Adjutant is found in rivers and lakes inside well wooded regions, in freshwater wetlands including mudflats and mangroves. Photographed at the Pilibhit Tiger Reserve Uttar Pradesh, India (Arindam Saha)

 

Greater Adjutant. Photographed in Assam, India (Kondasamy Dhanapal)

 

The Greater Adjutant is a member of the stork family. This species was once found widely across southern Asia, mainly in India but extending east to Borneo. It is now restricted to a much smaller range with only three breeding populations. Photographed in Guwahati, Assam, India (Kalyan Kumar Phani)

 

Great Thick-knee. Photographed in Paratwada, Maharashtra, India (Ranjeet Chitrakar)

 

The California Condor is the largest North American land bird. It became extinct in 1987 where all remaining wild individuals were captured. It has since been reintroduced to northern Arizona and southern Utah, the coastal mountains of central and southern California, and northern Baja California in Mexico. Photographed in Central California, USA (John LeeWong)

 

The Alexandrine Parakeet is a medium-sized parrot that has established feral populations in different parts of the world. Tit is listed as near threatened by the IUCN because of its steep population decline in its native range as a result of habitat loss, persecution and excessive capture to cater the demands of illegal wildlife trade. Photographed in Paratwada,Maharashtra,India (Ranjeet Chitrakar)

 

The Streaked Bulbul is also called the Green-backed Bulbul. This species is becoming rare due to habitat loss. This was photographed at the Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia (Richard Chong)

 

The Purple-rumped Sunbird is an endemic bird to the Indian Subcontinent. Its conservation status is on least concern. Photographed in Narendrapur, Kolkata, India (Nandita Bhattacharya)

 

Ferruginous Partridge photographed in Pahang, Malaysia (Richard Chong)

 

White-rumped Falcon photographed in Koh Ker, Cambodia (Richard Chong)

 

Great Hornbill. Photographed in Rongtong, West Bengal, India (Saptarshi Mukherjee)

 

House sparrow. Photographed in Bangalore, Karnataka, India (Dr Anand Kumar)

 

Little bunting. Photographed in Rishyap, Darjeeling hills, West Bengal, India (Nandita Bhattacharya)

 

The Mangrove Pitta is native to the Indian Subcontinent and western Southeast Asia. Photographed in Selangor, Malaysia (Richard Chong)

 

Striped Wren Babbler (Kenopia striata) Sabah, Malaysia. Photographed by Richard Chong.

 

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.

We are in a day-and-age during which more bird species are threatened with extinction than ever before. The Wild Birds! Revolution aims to publish the “Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week” to 1 million people every week by the end of the year. That is a revolution that will change the world! Join thousands of other weekend naturalists, photographers, birders, experts, hikers, nature-lovers, guides, scientists, conservationists and artists that share the thousands of wild bird photographs submitted to the Wild Bird Trust website and Facebook page. Thousands of wild bird enthusiasts are going out every day to photograph our planet’s beautiful birdlife. Pick up your camera, fill your bird feeder, open your heart, and join the Wild Birds! Revolution!!

Edited by Abigail Ramudzuli, Campaign Manager