Top 25 birds of the week: Migratory birds

Thank you to all the photographers that submitted photos of birds with the theme #Migrants, your pictures can create awareness about the variety and beauty of birds in our environment. Here we present the Top 25 photographs of the week. Enjoy!

Little Ringed Plover in Bengal, India (Soumendu Das)

 

Rufous Hummingbirds migrate through the Rocky Mountains and nearby lowlands during May to September. Their primary breeding habitats are open areas, mountain sides and forest edges in western North America from Southern Alaska through British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest to California. Photographed in Republic, WA (Tim Nicol)

 

Solitary Sandpiper. Almost all of North America’s sandpipers migrate in flocks, but the Solitary Sandpiper, as its name implies, breaks this rule as it is usually encountered alone on migration through the U.S. Photographed in Alberta, Canada (Ashrith R. Kandula)

 

In the western United States, the American Avocets may migrate south for the winter, or they may migrate west from inland breeding sites to coastal wintering sites. Photographed at Southern California, USA (John LeeWong)

 

The Black Redstart is a widespread breeder in south and central Europe and Asia and north-west Africa. This bird is a resident in the milder parts of its range, but north-eastern birds migrate to winter in southern and western Europe and Asia, and north Africa. Photo taken at Nagpur, Maharashtra, India (Vikram Bahal)

 

Black-tailed Godwits are likely to be found on inland wetlands than the more coastal Bar-tailed Gotwit. Members of this species migrate in flocks to western Europe, Africa, south Asia and Australia. Although this species occurs in Ireland and Great Britain all year-round, they are not the same birds. The breeding birds depart in autumn, but are replaced in winter by the larger Icelandic race. Photographed at Nagpur, Maharashtra, India (Narendra Nikhare)

 

The Bluethroat 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 Nagpur (Prasad Pendharkar)

 

The Common Kestrel is a bird of prey species found in the kestrel group of the falcon family. In the cool-temperate parts of its range, the common kestrel migrates south in winter, otherwise it is sedentary. Photographed in Hyderabad, India (Sourav Mookherjee)

 

Breeding populations of the Eurasian Spoonbill found more northerly are fully migratory but they may only migrate short distances while other, more southerly populations are resident and nomadic or partially migratory (Vijita Asher)

 

European Bee-eater photographed at the Coimbatore outskirts (Jayaprakash Ponnusamy)

 

Female Lesser Kestrel photographed in Pune Maharashtra, India. This Species migrate from the Mediterranean, Central Asia & Mongolia during the winter season (Abhay Dahake)

 

The Olive-backed Pipit is a long-distance migrant that moves in winter to southern Asia and Indonesia. Other names for this bird are the Indian Pipit or the Hodgson’s Pipit, as well as Tree Pipit. Photographed at Imphal, Manipur, India (Laishram Shamungou)

 

Pale or Pallid Harrier. It breeds in southern parts of eastern Europe and central Asia and Iran and it winters mainly in India and southeast Asia. Tis photo was taken at the Aliakmonas National Park, Greece (Michalis Kotsakis)

 

Red-breasted flycatcher photographed at Bharatpur, rajasthan, India (Deepa Javdekar)

 

Peregrine Falcon photographed in Pune, Maharashtra, India (Narayanan Iyer(Naresh )Iyer)

 

The Red-necked Falcon has two disjunct populations, one in India and the other in Africa. In Africa, it is found in semi-desert, savannah and other dry open country with some trees, but also riverine forest. They are mostly resident but may make nomadic movements in response to weather. Photographed in Vellore, India (Aravind Venkatraman)

 

The Siberian Blue Robin is a small passerine bird that was formerly classified as a member of the thrush family, but it is now more generally considered to belong to the Old World flycatcher. It is a migratory insectivorous species breeding in the eastern Palearctic from Siberia and northern Mongolia, north-eastern China, Korea and across to Japan. Photographed at the Genting Highlands, Malaysia (Charith Fernando)

 

The Spotted Redshank is a wader. It breeds across northern Scandinavia and northern Palearctic and migrates south to the Mediterranean, the southern British Isles, France, tropical Africa, and tropical Asia for the winter. Photo taken in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India (Reitesh Khabia)

 

Steppe Eagle photographed at Rajasthan, India (Soumendu Das)

 

The tawny pipit is a medium-large passerine bird which breeds in much of the central Palearctic from northwest Africa and Portugal to Central Siberia and on to Inner Mongolia. It is a migrant moving in winter to tropical Africa and the Indian Subcontinent. Photo taken in India (Sekar PS Photography)\

 

The Tiger Shrike, also known as the Thick-billed Shrike, is a small passerine bird found in wooded habitats across eastern Asia. It breeds in temperate regions of eastern Asia in deciduous or mixed woodland, forest edges and farmland with scattered trees. It migrates southwards in August, returning to the breeding grounds in May and June. Photographed at Penang, Malaysia (Kelvin Low)

 

The Verditer Flycatcher is an Old World flycatcher found from the Himalayas through Southeast Asia to Sumatra. Photographed in Akola (Prasad Pendharkar)

 

Western Bluebird photographed at Van Nuys CA. USA (Henser Villela)

 

White Wagtail photographed at Indore, Madhya Pradesh (Reitesh Khabia)

 

The Yellow Wagtail breeds in much of temperate Europe and Asia. It is resident in the milder parts of its range, such as western Europe, but northern and eastern populations migrate to Africa and south Asia (Paneendra BA)

 

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Edited by Abigail Ramudzuli, Campaign Manager