Top 25 birds of the week: Habitats!

Thank you to all the photographers that submitted photos of birds with the theme #Birds_Habitats. Birds are admired for their beauty and their ability to fly and most importantly birds are admired 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.

 

The Alpine Thrush is a bird that breeds in open rocky alpine areas with scattered shrubbery between 3000 and 4500 meters elevation. It may also descend lower into the foothills during the winter times. Photographed in Auli, Uttarakhand, India (Kalyani Kapdi)

 

The Baya Weaver is found in grassland, scrub with scattered trees, mangroves and cultivated areas. This was photographed in Nabagram, Hooghly, West Bengal, India (Alok Das)

 

Brown-flanked Bush Warbler. Photographed in Rajgarh, Himachal Pradesh, India (Vijay Madan)

 

Common Kingfisher is found in wetlands and on the shore streams, ponds and lakes. This species has been known to prey from brackish waters, especially in winter when water bodies are generally frozen. Photographed in Kharagpur, West Bengal, India (Gargi Biswas)

 

Glossy Ibises are normally found near waters and they nest in freshwater or brackish wetlands with tall dense stands of emergent vegetation such as reeds, papyrus or rushes and low trees or bushes. Photographed in Erode, Tamilnadu, India (Geetha Mani)

 

Greater Painted-snipe photographed in Perak, Malaysia (TW Loong)

 

The Indian Grey Hornbill is found on the Indian Subcontinent. This hornbill is found mainly on the plains up about 610 m. Photographed in Jai Prakash Udyan, Bhagalpur, India (Sumit K Sum)

 

The Indian Scops Owl inhabits forests and secondary woodland, desert vegetation, and groups of densely foliaged trees in gardens, mango orchards and other fruit trees around villages and cultivation. Photographed in Ranathambore, India (Raghavendra Joshi)

 

The Jungle Prinia is a resident breeder in Bangladesh and India and it is typically found in dry open grassland, open woodland, scrub and sometimes gardens. This was photographed in Shri Anandpur Sahib, India (Tarun Kapoor)

 

Lesser Adjutant. This adjutant is found in large rivers and lakes inside well wooded regions, in freshwater wetlands in agricultural areas, and costal wetlands including mudflats and mangroves. Photographed in Malaysia (Terence Ang)

 

The Little Ringed Plover breeds in open gravel areas near freshwater, including gravel pits, islands and river edges across the Palearctic including northwestern Africa. They nest on the ground on stones with little or no plant growth. Photographed in Paratwada, Maharashtra, India (Ranjeet Chitrakar)

 

Nilgiri Pipit photographed in Nilgiris, India (Panthera Tigris)

 

The Orange-backed Woodpecker. Photographed in Selangor, Malaysia (Richard Chong)

 

The Paddyfield Pipit is a widespread species found in open habitats, especially short grassland and cultivation with open bare ground. This species breeds throughout the year but mainly in the dry season. Photographed in Nagpur, Maharashtra, India (Pradnya Gharpure)

 

Purple Sunbird photographed in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India (Renu Kohli)

 

The Purple Swamphen is found around freshwater swamps, streams and marshes. Photographed at the Basai wetlands, Gurgaon, Haryana, India (Satirtha Ghosh)

 

The Red-vented Bulbul prefers scrubby edge habitat instead of dense forests. It is often seen high in trees or perched on wires in urban and rural areas. Photographed in Gobichettipalayam, Tamilnadu, India (Sundara Manikkam)

 

The Rose-ringed Parakeet is a common bird in cultivated areas, urban parks and gardens, pen countryside with trees, palm-trees thickets, dry and open forest. It may also be found in semi-desert areas and second grow open jungles, mainly in lowlands. Photographed in Jai Prakash Udyan, Bhagalpur, India (Sumit K Sum)

 

The Spot-billed Pelican inhabits different deep and shallow wetlands, from freshwater to saline, in open or forested areas. It is often seen on large bodies of water, particularly large lakes. Photographed in Bangalore, Karnataka, India (Dr Anand Kumar)

 

The Spotted Owlet is found in a variety of habitats. These may include open scrub, grassland, savanna woodland, forest patches and forest edges, but not in evergreen forest or sandy deserts. Photographed in Keoladeo NP, Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India (Sougata De)

 

The Striated Babbler photographed in Faridkot, Punjab, India (Gagan Bedi)

 

The Cape Sugarbird is found on the mountain slopes in the fynbos biome in South Africa. This biome is fire driven and the dominant vegetation type of the Cape Floral Region where there are flowering proteas and ericas. This was photographed in Kirsternbosch National Botanical Garden, in Western Ccape, South Africa (Owen Deutsch)

 

The Western Reef Heron is found in scrub forest and garden-land. Photographed in Sultanate of Oman (Dr SS Suresh)

 

The White-eared Bulbul photographed in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (Paneendra BA)

 

The Wood Sandpiper is found in a wide range of open freshwater habitats, such as shallow sewage ponds, dams, pans, flood plains, marshes and muddy edges of water courses, while largely absent from tidal coastal habitats. Photographed in Hesurugatta, Karnataka, India (Moulie G J C)

 

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