Top 25 birds of the week: May 2021!

Thank you to all the photographers that submitted photos of birds with the theme #May2021. 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. Enjoy!


The White-rumped Shama is a small bird native to densely vegetated habitats in the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia. Photographed in Pahang, Malaysia (Richard Chong)


White-bellied Blue Flycatcher photographed in Bangalore, Karnataka, India (Nagaraja Arkalgud)


Spotted Wood Owl photographed in Selangor, Malaysia (TW Loong)


The Silvereye, sometimes called the Wax-eye, is a very small passerine bird of the south0west Pacific. In Australia and New Zealand its common name is sometimes White-eye, but this name is more commonly used to refer to all members of the genus Zosterops. Photographed in Yarrawonga, Victoria, Australia (Robert Pyne Photography)


The Silver-breasted Broadbill is found in a range of forest habitats. It occurs in tropical and semi-tropical forests, as well as semi-deciduous forests and forests dominated by pine, oak and bamboo. Photographed in Selangor, Malaysia (Richard Chong)


Shikra photographed in Jai Prakash Udyan, Bhagalpur, Bihar, India (Sumit K Sum)


The Rufus-collared Sparrow is also known as the Andean Sparrow. It is an American sparrow found in a wide range of habitats, often near humans, from the extreme south-east of Mexico to Tiera del Fuego, and in the Caribbean, only in the islands of Hispaniola. Photographed in Araucanía, ChileI (Geroge of Tower Aninat)


The Red-whiskered Bulbul is a member of the bulbul family that is resident in tropical Asia. This species has been introduced in many tropical areas of the world where populations have established themselves. Photographed in Bangalore, Karnataka, India (Asmita Baji)


Raffles’s Malkoha. Photographed in Selangor, Malaysia (Richard Chong)


The Pink-browed Rosefinch is found in Bhutan, Tibet, India, Nepal and Pakistan. Its habitats are boreal forests and subtropical or tropical dry forests. Photographed in Rajgarh, Sirmaur Valley (Rajesh Mahajan)


The Pied Bush Chat is a small passerine bird that ranges from West Asia and Central Asia to the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia. There are about 16 subspecies recognized through its wide range with many islands forms. Photographed Bangalore, Karnataka, India (Paneendra BA)


The Oriental Reed Warbler photographed in Selangor, Malaysia (Richard Chong)


The Oriental Magpie-robin is a small passerine bird that is found across most of the Indian Subcontinent and parts of Southeast Asia. It is a common bird in gardens as well as forests. Photographed in Rajasthan, India (Anupam Kamal)


Manipur Fulvetta or the Streak-throated Fulvetta. This species is found in Northeast India, Myanmar and in Yunnan. Photographed in Mishmi, Arunachal Pradesh, India (Satirtha Ghosh)


The Lesser Goldenback also known as the Black-rumped Flameback or the Lesser Golden-backed Woodpecker. Photogrpahed in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India (Reitesh Khabia)


The Kalij Pheasant is found in thickets and forests, especially in the Himalayan foothills, from Pakistan to western Thailand. Photographed Sattal, Uttrakhand, India (Pankaj Kapoor)


The House Sparrow is found in most parts of the world. It is strongly associated with human habitation, and can live in urban or rural settings. Photographed in Paratwada, Maharashtra, India (Ranjeet Chitrakar)


The Eurasian Spoonbill photographed at the Ranganathitu Bird sanctuary, Mandya, Karnataka, India (Rajesh Mahajan)


Common Redshank. Photographed in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India (Reitesh Khabia)


The Common Kingfisher is a small kingfisher with seven recognized subspecies within its wide distribution across Eurasia and North Africa. It is a resident bird in much of its range, but migrates from areas where rivers freeze in winter. Photographed at the Purbastali Bird Sanctuary, West Bengal, India (Pritam Sadhukhan)


The Blue Rock Thrush breeds in southern Europe, northwest Africa, and from Central Asia to northern China and Malaysia. Photographed Bangalore, India (Dr Anand Kumar)


Black Headed Ibis. Photographed in Ranganathittu, Karnataka, India (Moulie G J C)


The Asian Paradise Flycatcher is a medium-sized passerine bird native to Asia, where it is widely distributed. Photographed at the Mumbai outskirts, in India (Vidya Vijay Kulkarni)


The Asian Openbill Stork is a large wading bird found mainly in the Indian Subcontinent and southeast Asia. Photographed in Mangalajodi, Odisha, India (Gargi Biswas)


A male Cattle Egret in its breeding plumage. Photographed in Selangor, Malaysia (Saravanan Palanisamy)

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Edited by Abigail Ramudzuli, Campaign Manager