Top 25 birds of the week: January 2021!

Thank you to all the photographers that submitted photos of birds with the theme #January2021. 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.

The Wood Sandpiper is a small wader that breeds in subarctic wetlands from the Scottish Highlands across Europe and then east across the Palearctic. They migrate to Africa, Southern Asia, particularly India and Australia. Photographed in Paratwada, Maharashtra, India (Ranjeet Chitrakar)


The Tickell’s Thrush is a common bird in open forest in the Himalayas, and it migrates seasonally into peninsular India and rarely in Bangladesh. Photographed in Sattal, Uttrakhand, India (Aparna Mondal)


Streaked Spiderhunter in Pahang, Malaysia (Richard Chong)


The Stork-billed Kingfisher is a tree kingfisher which is widely but sparsely distributed in the tropical Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia, from India to Indonesia. It is resident throughout its range. Photographed in Penang, Malaysia (Lee Wee Yee)


Sooty Barbet photographed in Pahang, Malaysia (Richard Chong)


The Siberian Stonechat, sometimes called the Asian Stonechat, breeds in the east Palearctic including in eastern most Europe and winters in the Old World tropics. Photographed in Rajkot-Gujarat, India (Dakshesh Ashra)


The Rufous-chinned Laughingthrush is found in the northern parts of the Indian Subcontinent and some parts of Southeast Asia. Photographed in Sattal, Uttarakhand, India (Gargi Biswas)


The Red-naped Ibis photographed in Rajkot-Gujarat, India (Dakshesh Ashra)


Red-breasted Nuthatches are small, compact birds but have intense energy and are quite active birds (Owen Deutsch)


Red-headed Bunting. This is a migratory bird, wintering in India and Bangladesh. Photographed in Kolkata, West Bengal, India (Grace Marian)


Purple Heron photographed in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India (Reitesh Khabia)


The Prong-billed Barbet is a distinctive, relatively large-billed bird native to humid highland forest of Costa Rica and western Panama. Photographed in Costa Rica, Central America (Nagaraja Arkalgud)


The Plain Prinia is a small warbler found in southeast Asia. It is a resident breeder from Pakistan and India to south China and Southeast Asia. Photographed in Madurai, India (James David Raj)


Pied kingfisher Photographed in Chandrapur, Maharashtra, India (Harshad Matale)


Malabar Grey Hornbill is endemic to the Western Ghats and associated hills of southern India. They are mainly found in dense forest and around rubber, arecanut or coffee plantations. Photographed in Kerala, India (Pradnya Paralkar)


Loten’s Sunbird photographed in Coorg, Karnataka, India (S. Prashanth)


The Indian Roller is best known for its aerobatic displays of males during the breeding season. It is often seen perched along roadside trees and wired and are more commonly seen in open grassland and scrub forest habitats. Photographed in Rajasthan (Renu Kohli)


The Indian Grey Hornbill is a common hornbill found in the Indian Subcontinent. Photographed in New Delhi, India (Lalit Arora)


The Himalayan Bluetail is also known as the Himalayan Red-flanked Bush-robin or the Orange-flanked Bush-robin. It is a small passerine bird that was formerly classed as a member of the thrush family, but is now more generally considered to be an Old World flycatcher of Muscicapidae. Photographed in Rajgarh, Himachal Pradesh, India (Sandeep Beas)


Green Bee-eater! It has a richly coloured, slender bird. It is about 9 inches long with about 2 inches made up by the elongated central tail-feathers. Photographed in Kolkata, West Bengal, India (Grace Marian)


The Great Barbet is an Asian barbet native to the Indian Subcontinent and southeast Asia, where it inhabits foremost forests up to 3,000 m altitude. Photographed in Sattal, Uttarakhand, India (Gargi Biswas)


The Blue-throated Blue Flycatcher is a small passerine bird in the flycatcher family. It is found in thicker forest than other species of flycatchers. Photographed in Kerala, India (Pradnya Paralkar)


Black-naped Monarch photographed in Western Ghats of India (Abhay Dahake)


The Black-throated Munia is a small passerine bird found in the hills of southwest India, the Eastern Ghats and Sri Lanka. Photographed in Ganeshgudi Karnataka, India (Abhay Dahake)


The Black-headed Ibis breeds in the south and southeast Asia from India to the west and as far east as Japan. It is the only native ibis species in its range that has an overall white plumage with a black neck and head. Photographed in Uttar Pradesh, India (Anupam Kamal)

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Edited by Abigail Ramudzuli, Campaign Manager