Top 25 birds of the week: Diet

Having an understanding of what birds eat is important when it comes to having an overall idea of their preferred diets. Every bird has a different dietary preference, and if the preferences are known for different birds then this can be used to your advantage when birding or searching for birds in the wild.
Thank you to all the photographers that submitted photos of birds with the theme #Diet. 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.

Asian Barred Owlet with a Garden Lizard kill. Photographed in Chaukhutiya, Uttarakhand, India (Shivayoni Kanthi)

 

Malabar Hornbill photographed in Coorg, Karnataka, India (Partha Das)

 

A White Ibis has captured a frog with its beak and gleefully scampers along with its find. Photographed in the USA (Linn Smith)

 

The Turkey Vulture is also known as the Turkey Buzzard in some North American regions. And in some areas of the Caribbean, it is known as the John Crow or Carrion Crow. It is a scavenger and feeds almost exclusively on carrion. Here it is seen eating a White-tailed Deer. Photographed in Pennsylvania, USA (Ashrith R. Kandula)

 

Tickell’s Thrush with caterpillars. Photographed in Deorali, Darjeeling, West Bengal, India (Samir Sachdeva)

 

The Snowy Egret is a small white heron. It is the American counterpart to the very similar Old World little Egret, which has become established in the Bahamas. It feeds on fish, crustaceans, insects, small reptiles, snails, frogs, worms and crayfish. Photographed in the USA (Linn Smith)

 

The Slaty-headed Parakeet is the only Psittacid species to exhibit altitudinal migration. Its range extends from Pakistan, to Western Himalayas in India through Nepal and Bhutan and up to the Eastern Himalayas in the Northeastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. Photographed in Sattal, India (Vijay Adhursh)

 

The Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker is found in subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and occasionally in gardens in a number of countries throughout South and East Asia. Photographed in Bali Island, West Bengal, India (Sayantan Ghosh)

 

Purple Heron with a snake kill photographed in Mangalajudi Odisha, India (Aparna Mondal)

 

Pond Heron with a fish. Photographed in Purbhasthli, West Bengal, India (Aparna Mondal)

 

The Pied Kingfisher is a species of water kingfisher widely distributed across Africa and Asia. The Pied Kingfisher mainly feeds on fish, although it will take crustaceans and large aquatic insects such as dragonfly larvae. Photographed at the Harike Wetland, Punjab, India (Jasvir Faridkot)

 

Lineated Barbet with an Oriental Garden Lizard kill. Photographed in Serampore, West Bengal, India (Sumankalyan Saha)

 

Oriental Darter, also known as the Indian Darter, is a water bird of tropical South Asia and Southeast Asia. Individuals of this species usually forage singly, with the entire body submerged, swimming slowly forward using their webbed feet while the neck and the head is moved jerkily above the water. Photographed in Rajasthan, India (Lalit Arora)

 

Jacobin Cuckoo photographed in Delhi NCR, India (Anupam Kamal)

 

The Indian Grey Hornbill is a common hornbill found on the Indian Subcontinent. It is mainly found on the plains up to about 2000 feet. Photographed at Dandeli, Karnataka, India (Ramesh Aithal)

 

The House Sparrow is strongly associated with human habitation, and can live in urban or rural settings. Adults of this species mostly feed on the seeds of grains and weeds, but they are opportunistic and adaptable, and would get whatever foods available. Photographed at the Aravali Biodiversity Park, Haryana, India Photographed (Kartik Wamdev)

 

Great Blue Heron photographed in the USA (Linn Smith)

 

Golden Whiskered Barbet photographed in Selangor, Malaysia (Richard Chong)

 

The Coppersmith Barbet is also predominantly frugivorous, but there have been times where it has been observed eating insects, especially winged termites. Photographed in West Bengal, India (Firdousi Ahmed)

 

The Chestnut-headed Bee-eater feed and roost communally. As the name suggests, bee-eaters predominantly feed on insects, especially bees, wasps and hornets, which are caught in the air by sorties from an open perch. Photographed in Hooghly (Samiran Halder)

 

Brahminy Kite photographed in Chilika, Orissa, India (Ravi Muthuswamy)

 

The Blue-tailed Bee-eater with a catch. Individuals of this species are mostly seen in open habitats close to water. Photographed in Khishma Forest, West Bengal, India (Souvik Roychoudhury Fotography)

 

Atlantic Puffin photographed at the Farne Island United Kingdom (Abhay Dahake)

 

Asian Red-eyed Bulbul photographed in Selangor, Malaysia (Richard Chong)

 

Asian Openbill Stork normally feed on water snakes, frogs and large insects. When they are foraging on agricultural landscapes with a variety of habitat, Asian Openbill prefer to use natural marshes and lakes, and irrigation canals as foraging habitats. Photographed in Gajaldoba, West Bengal, India (Saptarshi Mukherjee)

 

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