Top 25 birds of the week: Perching Birds!

Passeriformes are also known as perching birds. These are distinguished from other orders of birds by the arrangement of their toes. They  have three unwebbed toes in the front and one strong, flexible toe in the back called the hallux, that lets them perch on tree branches.

Thank you to all the photographers that submitted photos of birds with the theme #perchingbirds. We admire birds for their beauty and their ability to fly and most importantly for the role they play in the ecosystem. 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 Calliope Hummingbird photographed in Republic, WA (TJ Ni)


The Asian Red-eyed Bulbul is found on the Malay Peninsula, Sumatra, and Borneo. Photographed in Selangor, Malaysia (TW Loong)


The Baya Weaver is a weaverbird found across the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia. It is a social and gregarious species and they mostly forage in flocks for seeds, both on plants and on the ground. Photographed in Gobichettipalayam, Tamil Nadu, India (Moulie G J C)


Blue-winged Minla. Photographed in Sattal, Uttarakhand, India (Feroze Hossain)


Buff-breasted Babbler photographed in Pahang, Malaysia (Richard Chong)


The Common Chiffchaff, also known as just the Chiffchaff, is a common and widespread leaf warbler which breeds in open woodlands throughout northern and temperate Europe and the Palearctic. Photographed in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India (Reitesh Khabia)


Ferruginous Babbler photographed in Pahang, Malaysia (Richard Chong)


Fire-tailed Myzornis. Photographed in Okhrey, Sikkim, India (Feroze Hossain)


The Golden-bellied Gerygone is found in subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical mangrove forest habitats. Photographed in Selangor, Malaysia (Richard Chong)


Grey-headed Canary-flycatcher. This bird is also known as the Grey-headed Flycatcher. Individuals of this species are found in forested habitats where they often join other birds in mixed-species foraging flocks. Photographed in, Nilgiris, Tamilnadu, India (Prabhakar T P)


Indian Pitta. Photographed in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India (Reitesh Khabia)


The Indian White-eye is also known as the Oriental White-eye. Photographed in Sattal, Uttarakhand, India (Arindam Saha)


The Olive-backed Sunbird is a small Old World passerine birds which feeds largely on nectar, although they will also take insects, especially when feeding young. Photographed in Selangor, Malaysia (Simon Leong)


The Oriental Magpie-robin is a small passerine bird that was formerly classed as a member of the thrush family, but it is now considered an Old World flycatcher. Photoraphed in Kanjali wetlands, Kapurthala, Punjab (Rajesh Mahajan)


Purple Sunbird photographed in Gobichettipalayam, Tamil Nadu, India (Moulie G J C)


Rufous-vented Tit photographed in Chakrata, Uttarakhand, India (Arindam Saha)


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


The Golden Bush Robin is found in the northern regions of the Indian Subcontinent and parts of Southeast Asia. Photographed in Mandal, Uttarakhand, India (Satirtha Ghosh)


The Russet Sparrow, also called the cinnamon or cinnamon tree sparrow, is a passerine bird of the sparrow family Passeridae. Photographed in Himachal Pradesh, India (Lalit Arora)


Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher photographed in Ganeshgudi, Karnataka, India (Vidya Vijay Kulkarni)


Verditer Flycatcher photographed in Kotdwar, India (Akanksha Asthana)


The White-browed Fulvetta ranges across the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia. It is endemic to Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal and Vietnam. Photographed in Simana, West Bengal, India (Nandita Bhattacharya)


The White-throated Laughingthrush photographed in Sattal, Uttarakhand, India (Gargi Biswas)


The Yellow-throated Fulvetta photographed at the Mishmi Hills, Arunachal Pradesh, India Photographer (Avijit Dutta)


The Zitting Cisticola is mainly found in grassland habitats, often near water. Most populations are resident, but some East Asia populations migrate south to warmer areas in winter. Photographed in West Bengal, India (Subrata Das)


Our mission is to build a global community around the freedom and beauty of birds in the wild as ambassadors for the natural ecosystems that they depend upon. They are the music, decoration, and character of every terrestrial habitat on the planet and have been around since the dinosaurs. They are the witnesses and ambassadors of the awesome power of nature. The wide availability of good, cheap optics has opened their world to us for the last few decades. Amazing, affordable DSLR cameras with long lenses are delivering brilliant digital bird imagery to online communities.

We are in a day-and-age during which more bird species are threatened with extinction than ever before. The Wild Birds! Revolution aims to publish the “Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week” to 1 million people every week by the end of the year. That is a revolution that will change the world! Join thousands of other weekend naturalists, photographers, birders, experts, hikers, nature-lovers, guides, scientists, conservationists and artists that share the thousands of wild bird photographs submitted to the Wild Bird Trust website and Facebook page. Thousands of wild bird enthusiasts are going out every day to photograph our planet’s beautiful birdlife. Pick up your camera, fill your bird feeder, open your heart, and join the Wild Birds! Revolution!!

Edited by Abigail Ramudzuli, Campaign Manager