Top 25 birds of the week: #May 2020

Thank you to all the photographers that submitted photos of birds with the theme #May. 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 Blue-throated Barbet is an Asian barbet native to the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia. This barbet was photographed in Baruipur, West Bengal, India (Soumyo Chatterjee)

 

The Bluethroat is an Old World flycatcher similar in size to the European Robin. It is a migratory bird that breeds in wet birch wood or bushy swamp in Europe and across the Palearctic with a foothold in western Alaska. Photographed in Bharatpur Rajasthan (Aparna Mondal)

 

Coppersmith Barbet photographed in Bangalore, India (Ramesh Aithal)

 

The Eurasian Curlew, also known as the Common Curlew, is one of the most widespread of the curlews. It breeds across temperate Europe and Asia. Photographed in Pulicat, Tamilnadu, India (Srivatsan Sathiyamoorthy)

 

The Great Hornbill is found in the forests of India, Nepal, Mainland Southeast Asia, Indonesian Island of Sumatra and North eastern region of India. Birds of this species are usually seen in small parties, sometimes forming larger groups aggregating at fruit trees. Photo taken in Rongtong, West Bengal, India (Partha Das)

 

Horsfield’s Babbler photographed in Selangor, Malaysia (Richard Chong)

 

House Sparrow. These sparrows build a nest of dried vegetation. They  line it with materials such as paper or feathers and often reuse the same nest. Photographed in the USA (Kelly Hunt)

 

The Indian Golden Oriole is found in the Indian Subcontinent and Central Asia. It is a partial migrant that breeds in central Asia and the Indian Subcontinent. Photographed at the Kasauli Hills, Himachal Pradesh, India (Kuldip Jaswal)

 

Intermediate Egret. Photographed in Chennai, Tamilnadu (Muthuganesan Palanisamy)

 

The Kentish Plover is a small cosmopolitan shorebird that breeds on the shores of saline lakes, lagoons, and coasts. Kentish Plovers are ground nesting birds that stay away from thick vegetation and human activity. Photographed in Purbasthali, West Bengal (Feroze Hossain)

 

The Indian Rollers are widely distributed across West Asia to the Indian Subcontinent. They are often seen perched on prominent bare trees or wires. Photographed at the Ultanpur flats, Gurgaon, Haryana (Amit Sharma)

 

Rose Ringed Parakeets photographed in Bharatpur, India (Abhaya)

 

The Rufous-browed Flycatcher is found in habitats that include subtropical or tropical moist montane forests. Photo taken in Fraser’s Hill, Malaysia (Lee Wee Yee)

 

The Shikra is a small bird of prey that is found widely distributed in Asia and Africa where it is also called the Little Banded Goshawk. Here it is captured with a squirrel kill. Photographed in Chennai, Tamilnadu (Mohammed Ashraf)

 

The Short-eared Owl is a typical owl found in open country and grasslands. Through much of its range, the Short-eared Owl occurs with the similar-looking Long-eared Owl. Photographed in Chennai Outskirts, Tamilnadu, India (Sathyanaarayan GV)

 

The Silver-throated Tanager is a brightly coloured bird from Costa Rica, through Panama and western Colombia, to western Ecuador. Photographed in Costa Rica, Central America (Nagaraja Arkalgud)

 

The Spotted Owlet is a small owl that breeds in tropical Asia from mainland India to Southeast Asia. It is a common resident of open habitats that include human habitation and farmland as it has adapted to living in cities. Photographed in Jamnagar, Gujarat, India (Vishwas Thakker)

 

The Stork-billed Kingfisher is a very large kingfisher widely but sparsely distributed in the tropical Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia, from India to Indonesia. Throughout its range, it is a resident bird. Photographed at Port Blair, Andaman (Aravind Venkatraman)

 

Streaked Laughingthrush photographed in Sattal, Uttarakhand (Feroze Hossain)

 

Tailorbird in Chennai, Tamilnadu, India. The Tailorbird is a brightly coloured warbler with green or grey upper parts and yellow white or grey underparts (Muthuganesan Palanisamy)

 

The Thick-billed Green Pigeon is found across the eastern regions of the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia, stretching from the Eastern Himalayas to Borneo and Sumatra. Photographed in Penang, Malaysia (Kelvin Low)

 

The Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher is an insectivorous bird species which breeds in tropical Asia, from the Indian Subcontinent eastwards to Bangladesh and western Myanmar. Photographed in Ganeshgudi, Karnataka, India (Vidya Vijay Kulkarni)

 

White-capped Bunting, also known as the Chestnut-breasted Bunting, is found in its natural habitats of boreal forests, boreal shrubland, and temperate grassland. Photographed in Chakki Morh, Himachal Pradesh (Kulwant Singh Lahoria)

 

The White-throated Kingfisher is also called the White-breasted Kingfisher. It is a tree kingfisher widely distributed in Asia from the Sinai east through the Indian Subcontinent to the Philippines. Photographed in Thattekad, Kerala, India (Gargi Biswas)

 

The Yellow-bellied Bulbul in Pahang, Malaysia (Richard Chong)

 

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