Top 25 birds of the week: July 2020

Thank you to all the photographers that submitted photos of birds with the theme #July. 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 Asian Openbill, also called the Asian Openbill Stork, is a distinctive stork found mainly in the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia. Although it is resident within its range, individuals of this species make long distance movements in response to weather and food availability. Photographed in Mangaljodi, Orissa, India (Smita Behera)

 

The Brown-winged Kingfisher is found along the north and eastern coasts of Bay of Bengal, occurring in the countries of Bangladesh, India, Malaysia, Myanmar and Thailand. This bird prefers subtropical or tropical mangrove forests. Photographed at Sundarban Biosphere Reserve, West Bengal, India (Pradyut Choudhury)

 

Chestnut-capped Babbler photographed in Howrah, West Bengal, India (Sayantan Ghosh)

 

The Common Tailorbird is a brightly coloured bird found singly or in pairs, usually low in the undergrowth or trees, sometimes hopping on the ground. Photographed in Sirsi, Karnataka, India (Paneendra BA)

 

The Eurasian Spoonbill is a Palearctic bird species, breeding from the United Kingdom and Spain in the west through to Japan, and also in north America. Eurasian Spoonbills are mostly silent. Even at their breeding colonies the main sounds are bill snapping, occasional deep grunting and occasional trumpeting noises. Photographed in Indore, Madhya Pradesh (Reitesh Khabia)

 

Great Barbet! This is an Asian barbet native to the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia, where it inhabits foremost forest up to 3000 m altitude. Photographed in Sattal, Uttarakhand, India (Feroze Hossain)

 

Green Bee-eater photographed in Siruthavoor, Tamilnadu, India (J Satish Kumar)

 

The Grey-winged Blackbird is found in South-eastern Asia from the Himalayas to northern Vietnam. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist montane forests. Photographed in Sattal, Uttarakhand, India (Gargi Biswas)

 

The Greylag Goose is a species of large goose in the waterfowl family. Birds of this species travel to their northerly breeding grounds in spring, nesting on moorlands, in marshes, around lakes and on coastal islands. They normally make for life and nest on the ground among vegetation. Photographed in Starnberg Lake, Bavaria, Germany (Gargi Biswas)

 

The Ludlow’s Fulvetta, also known as the Brown-throated Fulvetta, is found in Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar and Nepal. Photographed in Mishmi hills (Vijay Adhursh)

 

The Puff-throated Babbler, sometimes called the Spotted Babbler, is found in India in scrub and moist forest mainly in hilly regions. Spotted babblers forage in small groups on the forest floor, turning around leaf litter to find their prey and usually staying low in the undergrowth where they can be had to spot. Photographed in Coorg, Karnataka (Ramesh Aithal)

 

Purple Sunbirds are mainly found in South and Southeast Asia but extending west into parts of the Arabian Peninsula. They are widely distributed from West Asia through the Indian Subcontinent and into Southeast Asia. Photographed in Gurdaspur, India (Vishesh Kamboj)

 

Purple Sunbird photographed in Durgapur, West Bengal, India (Aparna Mondal)13. Purple Sunbird photographed in Durgapur, West Bengal, India (Aparna Mondal)

 

Red-billed Leiothrix. This bird has been introduced in many parts of the world. It can be easily spotted in few parts of Europe, which is not its natural habitat. Photographed in Sattal, Uttarakhand (Abhay Dahake)

 

The Rufous Treepie is native to the Indian Subcontinent and adjoining parts of Southeast Asia. Its range is quite large, covering all of mainland India up to the Himalayas, Pakistan, and southeasterly in a broad band into Bangladesh, Burna, Laos and Thailand. Photographed in Asansol. West Bengal, India (Ajoy Kumar Dawn)

 

The Siberian Stonechat photographed in Japanese park, Delhi, India (Kartik Wamdev)

 

Southern Ground Hornbill is one of the two species of ground hornbill, which are both found within Africa, and is the largest species of hornbill worldwide. Southern Ground Hornbill can be found in the southern regions of Africa, ranging from Kenya to South Africa. Photographed in Kruger National Park, South Africa (Ravi Kiran Reddy)

 

The Spotted Dove is a small somewhat long-tailed pigeon that is a common resident breeder across its native range on the Indian Subcontinent and in Southeast Asia. Photographed in Guru Bangalore, India (Praveen Guru)

 

The Stork-billed Kingfisher is a tree kingfisher that is widely distributed in the tropical Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia, from India to Indonesia. This kingfisher is resident throughout its range. Photographed in Sitabani, Ramnagar, India (Sumit K Sum)

 

Streak-throated Woodpecker photographed in Serampore, West Bengal, India (Sumankalyan Saha)

 

The Tawny-bellied Babbler is a small babbler that forages in groups in low scrub forests. Photographed at the Bangalore outskirts, India (Praveen Guru)

 

The Tricoloured Munia is an estrildid finch, native to Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, and southern China. It is mainly found in small gregarious bird which feeds mainly on grain and other seeds. It inhabits wet grassland habitats. Photographed at the Dankuni wetlands, Hooghly, West Bengal (Pradyut Choudhury)

 

The Barn Owl is the most widely distributed species of owl in the world and one of the most widespread of all species of birds. It is sometimes called the Common Barn Owl. Photographed in Orange, Carlifornia, USA (John LeeWong)

 

White-crested Laughingthrush has one of the widest ranges of all laughingthrushes and as such is at minimal risk of being threatened by extinction. It is native to India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Cambodia, myanmar5, Laos, China, Vietnam and Thailand. Photographed in Sattal, Uttarakhand, India (Smita Behera)

 

Yellow Bellied Prinia photographed in Dankuni Howrah, West Bengal, India (Partha Das)

 

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