Top 25 birds of the week: December 2020!

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

White-bellied Blue Flycatcher photographed in Ganeshgudi, Karnataka, India (Vidya Vijay Kulkarni)

 

The Silver-breasted Broadbill is found in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand and Vietnam. Photographed in Selangor, Malaysia (Richard Chong)

 

The Siberian Rubythroat is a migratory bird species breeding in mixed coniferous forests with undergrowth in Siberia. It nests near the ground. Photographed in Rajarhat, Kolkata, India (Arindam Saha)

 

Bluethroat photographed in Bosipota, Kolkata, India (Suvro Dey)

 

The Shikra is a small bird of prey found widely distributed in Asia and Africa where it is also called the Little Banded Goshawk. Photographed in Paratwada, Maharashtra, India (Ranjeet Chitrakar)

 

Indian Scops Owl photographed in Bharatpur, India (Preety Patel)

 

The Red-vented Bulbul is a resident breeder across the Indian Subcontinent, including Sri Lanka extending east to Burma and parts of Tibet. Photographed in Erode, India (Sekar Ps)

 

Red-naped Ibis photographed in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India (Reitesh Khabia)

 

The Red-billed Leothrix is usually found in India, Bhutan, Nepal, Burma and parts of Tibet. Photographed in Rishyap, West Bengal, India (Binit Chatterjee)

 

The Purple Sunbird is a small bird mainly found in South and Southeast Asia but extending west into parts of the Arabian Peninsula. Like other sunbirds, they feed mainly on nectar, although they will also take insects, especially when feeding young (Biswajit Ray)

 

The Purple Finch. Photographed in Dalawane, USA (Ashrith R. Kandula)

 

The Mugimaki Flycatcher is a small passerine bird of eastern Asia belonging to the genus Ficedula in the Old World flycatcher family. Photographed in Penang, Malaysia (Kelvin Low)

 

Lineated Barbet photographed in Rabindra Sarobar, Kolkata, India (Suvro Dey)

 

The Indochinese Blue Flycatcher is found from southern Myanmar and Malay Peninsula to Indochina and northeastern Sumatra. It was previously considered conspecific with Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher. Photographed in Selangor, Malaysia (Richard Chong)

 

Indian Roller photographed in Kharagpur, West Bengal, India (Gargi Biswas)

 

The Indian Roller is best known for its aerobatic displays of males during the breeding season. It is distributed across Asia, from Iraq and United Arab Emirates in south-western Asia through the Indian Subcontinent, including Sri Lanka, Lakshadweep islands and Maldive Islands. Photographed in Paratwada, Maharashtra, India (Ranjeet Chitrakar)

 

The Grey-headed Swamphen is found from the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent to Southern China and northern Thailand. Photographed in Bangalore, Karnataka, India (Paneendra BA)

 

The Grey-headed Canary-flycatcher is a small flycatcher-like bird found in tropical Asia. It is mainly found in forested habitats where it’ll often join other birds in mixed-species foraging flocks. Photographed in Selangor, Malaysia (Richard Chong)

 

Grey Bush Chat photographed in Jim Corbet, Uttarakhand (Prabhakar T P)

 

Pied Bush Chat photographed in Paratwada, Maharashtra, India (Ranjeet Chitrakar)

 

Crimson Sunbird photographed in Siparaja, Penang, Malaysia (Lee Wee Yee)

 

The Common Kingfisher, also known as the Eurasian Kingfisher and River Kingfisher, is a small kingfisher with seven subspecies recognized within its wide distribution across Eurasia and North Africa. Photographed in Kharagpur, West Bengal, India (Gargi Biswas)

 

Common Hoopoe photographed in Paratwada, Maharashtra, India (Ranjeet Chitrakar)

 

The Asian Openbill Stork is a large wading bird in the stork family. This stork is found mainly in the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia. Photographed in Mangalajodi, Odisha, India (Gargi Biswas)

 

The Hispaniolan Lizard Cuckoo is endemic to the island of Hispaniola. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forest and subtropical or tropical moist lowland forest (Owen Deutsch)

 

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Edited by Abigail Ramudzuli, Campaign Manager