Top 25 birds of the week: December 2021!

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

Yellow bellied Prinia (Prinia flaviventris). Photographed at the Barasat outskirts, West Bengal, India (Shinchan Ray)

 

Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola). Photographed in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India (Reitesh Khabia)

 

The White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis) is also known as the White-breasted Kingfisher. It I a tree kingfisher widely distributed in Asia from the Sinai east through the Indian Subcontinent to the Philippines. Photographed in Nelliampathy, Kerala, India (Dr SS Suresh)

 

White-cheeked Barbet or Small Green barbet (Psilopogon viridis). Photographed in Vittal Karnataka, India (Zameer Pasha Junaidi)

 

White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis). Photographed at Paratwada, Maharashtra, India (Ranjeet Chitrakar)

 

White-cheeked Barbet (Psilopogon viridis). Photogrpahed in Bengaluru, Karnataka. (Prabhakar T P)

 

Verditer Flycatcher (Eumyias thalassinus). Photographed in Panchalingeshwar, Odisha, India (Gargi Biswas)

 

The Sooty Fox Sparrow (Passerella unalaschcensis) is the darkest of the Fox Sparrows, and one of its six subspecies. They forage by scratching the ground, which makes it prey for other animals – though its numbers are not declining (Owen Deutsch)

 

Red-billed Leiothrix (Leiothrix lutea). Photographed in Uttrakhand, India (Pankaj Kapoor)

 

Red Breasted Flycatcher (Ficedula parva). Photographed at the Keoladeo Ghana National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India (Prasenjit Sinha)

 

The Little Spiderhunter (Arachnothera longirostra) is a species of long-billed nectar-feedingbirds in the Nectariniidae family. Photographed in Selangor, Malaysia (TW Loong)

 

Banded Kingfisher (Lacedo pulchella). Photographed in Selangor, Malaysia (TW Loong)

 

The Rusty-naped Pitta (Hydrornis oatesi) is found in Indochina and adjacent parts of southern China. Photographed in Pahang, Malaysia (TW Loong)

 

Painted Storks (Mycteria leucocephala). Photographed at Little Rann of Kutch, Gujrat, India (Kuldip Jaswal)

 

Little Egret (Egretta garzetta). Photographed in Paratwada, Maharashtra, India (Ranjeet Chitrakar)

 

The Indian Roller (Coracias benghalensis) occurs widely from West Asia to the Indian subcontinent. This bird is often found perched on roadside trees and wires. Photographed in Gadhinglaj, Maharashtra, India (Maya Patil)

 

Indian Robin (Copsychus fulicatus). Photographed in Hubballi, Karnataka, India (Dr Basawant G Annigeri)

 

Grey-headed Swamphen (Porphyrio poliocephalus). Photographed in Mangalajodi, Odisha, India (Gargi Biswas)

 

Greater Flamingos (Phoenicopterus roseus) are the most widespread and largest species of the flamingo family. They are found in Africa, the Indian Subcontinent, the Middle East, and in southern Europe. Photographed in Maharashtra, India (Pradnya Paralkar)

 

Common Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus). Photographed in Hingolgadh, Gajarat, India (Dakshesh Ashra)

 

The Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) is also known as the Eurasian Kingfisher and the River Kingfisher. It is a small kingfisher with seven recognized subspecies. Photographed in Bengaluru, Karnataka, India (Prabhakar T P)

 

Common Hoopoe (Upupa epops). Photographed in Chincholi, Kalburgi, Karnataka, India (Zameer Pasha Junaidi)

 

Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse (Pterocles exustus). Photographed in Talchhapar, Rajasthan, India (Pankaj Kapoor)

 

The Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) is a passerine bird that is native to eastern North America. Photographed in New Jersey, USA (Kelly Hunt)

 

The Barn Owl is the most widely distributed species in the world and one of the most widespread f all bird species. Photographed in Ibri, Sultanate of Oman (Dr SS Suresh)

 

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Edited by Abigail Ramudzuli, Campaign Manager