Top 25 birds of the week: Migratory Birds

Thank you to all the photographers that submitted photos of birds with the theme #Migratory_Birds. 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 Black-capped Kingfisher is a widely distributed species in tropical Asia from India east to China, Korea, and Southeast Asia. is a resident over much of its range, but northern populations are migratory, wintering south of their range in Sri Lanka, Thailand, Borneo, and Java. Photographed in Angkor Wat, Cambodia (Richard Chong)


Black-winged Stilt Photographed in West Bengal, India (Grace Marian)


The Blue-tailed Bee-eater is a near passerine bird in the bee-eater family. It is widely distributed across South and Southeast Asia where many populations are strongly migratory. Photographed in Durgapur, West Bengal, India (Aparna Mondal)


Blyth’s Paradise Flycatcher photographed in Malaysia (Pang James)


The Brown Shrike is closely related to the Red-backed Shrike and Isabelline Shrike. Like most other shrikes, it has a distinctive black ‘bandit-mask” that runs through the eye and is found mainly in open scrub habitats. Penang, Malaysia (Kelvin Low)


Common Cuckoo photographed in Lalsot, Dausa, Rajasthan, India (Subhash Pahadiya)


The European Roller is found in a wide variety of habitats, avoiding only treeless plains. This bird winters primarily in dry wooded savanna and bushy plains, where it typically nests in trees. Photographed in Ibri, Sultanate of Oman (Dr SS Suresh)


The Grey-bellied Cuckoo is one of the smaller cuckoos that breed in tropical southern Asia from India and Sri Lanka to south China and Indonesia. This species is a short-distance migrant, since birds at more northerly latitudes and on higher ground are summer visitors, leaving for warmer areas in winter. Photographed in Paratwada, Maharashtra, India (Ranjeet Chitrakar)


Himalayan Bluetail. Other names for the Himalayan Bluetail are Himalayan Red-flanked Bush-robin or the Orange-flanked Bush-robin. Photographed in Sattal, India (Sumit K Sum)


The Kashmiri Flycatcher is an insectivorous species which breeds in the north-west Himalayas in the Kashmir region of the Indian Subcontinent. It is migratory and winters in the hills of central Sri Lanka and the Western Ghats of India. Photographed at Kotagiri, Tamil Nadu, India (Ramesh Aithal)


Lesser Cuckoo photographed in Rabindra Sarovar Kolkata, India (Nandita Bhattacharya)


The Marsh Warbler breeds in a variety of mostly damp habitats, but in Africa winters mainly in dry, well-vegetated areas. It winters mainly in south-east Africa, from Cape Province north to Zambia and Malawi and they tend to migrate from Europe to Africa via the Middle East with many crossing Arabia and arriving in Africa on Sudan’s Red Sea coast. Photographed in Ibri, Sultanate of Oman (Dr SS Suresh)


The Peregrine Falcon is a large, crow-sized falcon, with a blue-grey back, barred white underparts, and a blackhead. It lives mostly along with mountain ranges, river valleys, coastlines and increasingly in cities. Photographed in Hyderabad, Telangana, India (Sourav Mookherjee)


The Red-breasted Flycatcher is a small passerine bird in the Old World flycatcher family. It breeds in eastern Europe and across Central Asia and is migratory, wintering in South Asia. Photographed in Faridkot, Punjab, India (Gagan Bedi)


The Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush is also known as the Common Rock Thrush or simply as the Rock Thrush. This species breeds in Southern Europe across Central Asia to northern China. It is strongly migratory, with all populations wintering in Africa south of the Sahara. Photographed in Ibri, Sultanate of Oman, (Dr SS Suresh)


The Siberian Rubythroat and other similar small European species are often called chats. It is a migratory bird that breeds in mixed coniferous forests with undergrowth in Siberia. It winters in Thailand, India, Indonesia, and Bangladesh. Photographed in the Outskirts of Kolkata, India (Kalyan Kumar Phani)


The Siberian Stonechat breeds in the East Palearctic including in easternmost Europe and winters in the Old World tropics. Photographed in Nagpur, Maharashtra, India. (Vikram Bahal)


The Spotted Flycatcher is an undistinguishable looking bird with long wings and tail. Photographed in Ibri, Sultanate of Oman (Dr SS Suresh)


Taiga Flycatcher in Durgapur, West Bengal, India (Aparna Mondal)


Blue Rock Thrush photographed in Mihan, Maharashtra, India (Prasad Pendharkar)


The Bluethroat is a small passerine bird that was formerly classed as a member of the thrush family but is now generally considered to be an Old World flycatcher, Muscicapidae. It is a migratory insectivorous species breeding in wet birch wood or bushy swamp in Europe and across the Palearctic with a foothold in western Alaska. Photographed in Berhampore, Murshidabad, West Bengal, India (Ujjwal Das)


The Brown-breasted Flycatcher, also known as the Layard’s flycatcher is a small passerine bird that breeds in northeastern India, central and Southern China and northern Burma, and Thailand, and migrates to southern India and Sri Lanka. Photographed in Pansila, West Bengal, India (Subrata Das)


The Taiga Flycatcher is a migratory bird also known as the Red-throated Flycatcher. Photographed in Saltlake, Kolkata, India (Kalyan Kumar Phani)


The Upcher’s Warbler is found in semi-desert habitats, frequenting bushy scrub and thickets of Tamarix. The Upcher’s Warbler breeds in areas from Turkey south and east to Pakistan. It is a migratory species that winters in eastern Africa, from Eritrea and Somalia south to Tanzania. Photographed in Ibri, Sultanate of Oman (Dr SS Suresh)


Yellow Wagtail photographed in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India (Reitesh Khabia)

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Edited by Abigail Ramudzuli, Campaign Manager