Top 25 birds of the week: Land-birds

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

Yellow-rumped Warbler. This warbler is one of the most common winter warbler residents in North America. Photographd in the USA (Kelly Hunt)

 

The Yellow-eyed Babbler is native to South and Southeast Asia. It inhabits shrubland, grassland and wetland habitats. Photographed in New Delhi, India (Lalit Arora)

 

The Verditer Flycatcher is an Old World flycatcher found from the Himalayas through southeast Asia to Sumatra. Photographed in Sattal, Uttarakhand, India (Gargi Biswas)

 

The Indian Bush Lark is most commonly found in arid areas. It is found in Pakistan and north-western, central and south-central India. Photographed in Rajarhat, West Bengal, India (Subrata Das)

 

Shikra. This is a small bird of prey found widely distributed in Asia and Africa where it is also called the Little-banded Goshawk. The Shikra is very similar in appearance to other sparrowhawks species including the Chinese Goshawk and Eurasian Sparrowhawk. Photographed in Bangalore, Karnataka, India (Paneendra BA)

 

The Secretary Bird is a large, mostly terrestrial bird of prey. It is endemic to Africa, usually found in the open grasslands and savanna of the sub-Saharan region. This was photographed in Masai Mara, Kenya (Ramesh Aithal)

 

The Paddyfield Pipit, also known as the Oriental Pipit, is a resident breeder in open scrub, grassland and cultivation in southern Asia east to the Philippines. Photographed in Paratwada, Maharashtra, India (Ranjeet Chitrakar)

 

The Orange-headed Thrush is a common bird in well-wooded areas of the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia. Most of its populations are resident. It is an omnivorous bird that eats a wide range of insects, earthworms and fruit. Photographed in Rabindra Sarovar, Kolkata, India (Nandita Bhattacharya)

 

Malaysian Pied Fantail photographed at the Palm plantation, Johor, Malaysia (Ryc Tan)

 

Laced Woodpecker photographed in Selangor, Malaysia. This species is an uncommon woodpecker that feeds on insects, worms, and larvae obtained both on tree trunks and from the ground (Richard Chong)

 

The Kalij Pheasant is a pheasant found in forests and thickets, especially in the Himalayan foothills, from Pakistan to western Thailand. Photographed in Sattal, Uttarakhand, India (Vidya Vijay Kulkarni)

 

Jungle Bush Quail photographed in Bangalore (Rashmi Deshpande)

 

The Jungle Bush Quail is found in the Indian Subcontinent, ranging across India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Photographed at the Bangalore outskirts, India (Ramesh Aithal)

 

The Indian Silverbill is a small passerine bird found in the Indian Subcontinent and adjoining regions that was formerly considered to include the closely related African Silverbill. It is usually found in dry open scrub, fallow land and cultivation, sometimes near water. Photographed in Paratwada, Maharashtra, India (Ranjeet Chitrakar)

 

The Himalayan Bulbul is also known as the White-cheeked Bulbul. It is a songbird in the bulbul family found in central and South Asia. Photographed in Uttrakhand, India Photographed (Lalit Arora)

 

Golden-crowned Kinglet. This tiny bird is present throughout most of the North American continent during the winter months, while nesting in northern forests in Canada (Kelly Hunt)

 

Common Hoopoe photographed in Madhyamgram, West Bengal, India (Grace Marian)

 

The Citrine Wagtail breeds in the central Palearctic in wet meadows and tundra. It migrates in winter to South asia, oftem to highland areas. Photographed in Purbasthali , Burdwan, West Bengal, India (Alok Das)

 

The Chestnut-necklaced Partridge is found in the Thai-Malay Peninsula, Aceh, South Sumatra and Sabah. Its habitat is lowland evergreen forest and secondary forest. Photographed in Kedah, Malaysia (Richard Chong)

 

The Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouses are found in sparse, bushy, arid land which is common in central and northern Africa, and southern Asia. Photographed in Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh, India (Sourav Mookherjee)

 

Burrowing Owl photographed in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, USA (Linn Smith)

 

Indian Stone Curlew photographed in Gujarat, India (Vipul Trivedi)

 

Blue-throated Blue Flycatcher photographed in Kolkata, India (Avijit Dutta)

 

The Barred Buttonquail is resident from India across tropical Asia to south China, Indonesia and the Philippines. It is a typically little buttonquail, rufous-brown above, rusty and buff below. Photographed Burdwan, India (Avijit Dutta)

 

The Ashy-crowned Sparrow-lark is found in the plains in open land with bare ground. Although this bird may be sometimes perch on wires, it does not perch in trees or bushes. Photographed in Rajarhat Grassland, Kolkata, West Bengal, India (Pradyut Choudhury)

 

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Edited by Abigail Ramudzuli, Campaign Manager