Top 25 birds of the week: Endemic Birds

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

The African Penguin, also called the Cape Penguin or the South African Penguin, is a penguin species confined to southern African waters. It is a pursuit diver and feeds primarily on fish and squid. Photographed in South Africa (Stéphane Durand)

 

The Black-and-Orange Flycatcher is endemic to the central and southern Western Ghats, the Nilgiris and Palni hill ranges in southern India. This photo was taken in Nilgiris, India (Jayaprakash Ponnusamy)

 

Black-breasted Parrotbill photographed in Keibul Village, Manipur, India (Laishram Shamungou)

 

The Collared Redstart photographed at the Costarican Jungle. It is a tropical New World warbler endemic to the mountains of Costa Rica and western-central Panama (Ramesh Aithal)

 

Crested Pigeon photographed in Australia (Paneendra BA)

 

The New Zealand Fernbird photographed in Pauatahanui, New Zealand (Tony Stoddard)

 

The Grey-headed Canary-flycatcher is found in tropical Asia. It is mainly found in forested habitats where they often join other birds in mixed-species foraging flocks. Photographed in Sattal, Uttarakhand (Krishna Kumari)

 

The Indian Courser is found in mainland South Asia, mainly in the plains bounded by the Ganges and Indus river systems. Photographed in Chennai (Kannika Nagarajan)

 

The New Zealand Kaka is a large species of the parrot family found in native forests of New Zealand. It is an endangered species and it has disappeared from much of its former range. Photographed in Otari, Wellington, New Zealand (Tony Stoddard)

 

The Malabar Grey Hornbill is found in dense forests and around rubber, arecunut or coffee plantations. Photographed in Thattekad, Kerala, India (Gargi Biswas)

 

The Malabar Parakeet is also known as the Blue-winged Parakeet. It is endemic to the Western Ghats of southern India. Photographed in Kochi, Kerala (Partha Das)

 

The Rusty-throated Wren-babbler is endemic to Northeast India. Found in its natural habitats of tropical or subtropical moist montane forest. Photographed at the Mishmi Hills, Arunachal Pradesh, India (Ravi Muthuswamy)

 

New Zealand Pipit photographed in Akatarawa, New Zealand (Tony Stoddard)

 

Nilgiri Laughingthrush photographed in Kotagiri, Tamilnadu, India (Srivatsan Sathiyamoorthy)

 

Nilgiri Wood Pigeon photographed in Connoor, Tamilnadu, India (Parthi.Thi)

 

The Puerto Rican Woodpecker is the only woodpecker endemic to the Archipelago or Puerto Rico. This species is common on the main island of Puerto Rico and rare on the islands of Vieques. Photographed in San Germán, Puerto Rico (Raymond De Jesus Asencio)

 

The Purple-rumped Sunbird is found in the Indian Subcontinent. It is a tiny bird that mainly feed on nectar, but will sometimes take insects, particularly when feeding its young. Photographed in Durgapur, West Bengal, India (Aparna Mondal)

 

Red Napped Ibis photographed in Indore, Madhya Pradesh (Reitesh Khabia)

 

Sri Lanka Frogmouth photographed in Thattekad, Kerala, India (Gargi Biswas)

 

The Cuban Tody is a year-round resident breeder of portions of Cuba and islands just off the Cuban coast. Like many resident Cuban bird species, it is a habitat generalist known to live in dry lowlands, evergreen forests, coastal vegetation and near streams and rivers. Photographed in the Zapata Peninsula in Cuba (Owen Deutsch Photography)

 

The Palani Laughingrush is a species of laughingthrush endemic to the hills of the Western Ghats south of the Palghat Gap in Southern India. This picture was taken in Meghamalai (Tamil Nadu)

 

The Vigors’s Sunbird, sometimes called the Sahyadri Sunbird, or Western Crimson Sunbird, is a sunbird which is endemic to the Western Ghats of India. Photographed in Western Ghats, India (Tejashri Raghunath)

 

White-cheeked barbet photographed in Bngalore, India (Nagaraja Arlangud)

 

The Nilgiri Pipit is a distinctive species of pipit endemic to the high-altitude hills of southern India. This species is closely associated with short montane grasslands interspersed with marshy grounds and small streams. Photo taken at the Nilgiri Hills, India (Pallavi Sarkar)

 

The Yellow-throated Bulbul is endemic to southern peninsular India. It is found on scrub habitats on steep, rocky hills. Photographed in Hampi, Karnataka (Ramesh Aithal)

 

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.

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Edited by Abigail Ramudzuli, Campaign Manager