Top 25 birds of the week: Plumage!

Thank you to all the photographers that submitted photos of birds with the theme #plumage. 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.

White-rumped Shama photographed in Kaeng Krachen, Thailand. Males of this species are glossy black with a chestnut belly and white feathers on the rump and outer tail. Females are more greyish-brown, and are typically shorter than males (Gargi Biswas)

 

White-breasted Nuthatches are grey-blue on the back, with a frosty white face and underparts. The black or grey cap and neck frame the face and make it look like the bird is wearing a hood. Photographed in Michigan, USA (Dr SS Suresh)

 

Verditer Flycatcher photographed in Saryu Wetland, Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh (Ajad Singh)

 

Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher photographed in Pune, Maharashtra, India (Reitesh Khabia)

 

The Small Minivet is a 16 cm long bird with a strong dark beak and long wings. Males differ from most other common minivets by having grey, not glossy black, upperparts and head, and orange underparts, fading to yellow on the belly, orange tail edges, rump and wing patches. Photographed in Latpanchar, West Bengal (Pradyut Choudhury)

 

Short-toed Snake Eagles are brown from above and have white breast and belly with variable barring and streaking. The flight feathers are dark brown and the tail has three, rarely four, dark bars. Females of this species have a slightly longer tail than males of this species. Photographed at the Hessaragatha Lake, Karnataka (Prabhakar T P)

 

The Shaheen Falconis a small and powerful-looking falcon with blackish upperparts, rufous underparts with fine, dark streaks, and white on the throat. The complete black face mask is sharply demarcated from the white throat. It has a distinctive rufous underwing coverts. Photographed in (Aravind Venkatraman)

 

Rufous-throated Laughingthrush photographed in Sattal, Uttarakhand, India (Vidya Vijay Kulkarni)

 

Male Rufous-necked Hornbill. The head, neck, and lower body of the male are coloured rufous, with deeper colouration on the flanks and abdomen. The middle primaries and the lower half of the tail are tipped white. The rest of the hornbill’s plumage is a glossy dark-green and black. Photographed in Latpanchor, Darjeeling, West Bengal, India (Biplab Dey)

 

Red-wattled Lapwings are large waders. Their wings and back are light brown with a purple to green sheen, but the head, a bib on the front and back of the neck are black. This was photographed in Ibri, Sultanate of Oman (Dr SS Suresh)

 

The Red-naped Ibis is a large lack bird with long legs and a long down-curved bill. The wing feathers and tail are black with blue-green gloss while the neck and body are brown and without gloss. There is also a white patch on the shoulder that stands out and the top of the featherless head is a patch of bright re warty skin. Photographed in Paratwada, Maharashtra, India (Ranjeet Chitrakar)

 

Purple-rumped Sunbirds are sexually dimorphic. Males of this species have a dark maroon upper-side with a blue-green crown that glistens at some angles, bright green shoulder patch and violet or purple rum patch which is generally hidden under the wings. Photographed at the Dodhakundehalli Lake, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India (Prabhakar T P)

 

Pied Bushchat! In spring, male Pied Bushchats have a contrast black and white. Most parts are black metallic glossed, only rear-belly, under-tail, upper-tail and some wing coverts are all white. Photographed in Faridkot, Punjab (Gagan Bedi)

 

The Paddyfield Pipit is a large pipit at 15 cm, but is otherwise an undistinguished looking bird, mainly streaked grey-brown above and pale below with breast streaking. Photographed in Faridkot, Punjab (Gagan Bedi)

 

The Little Egret is a small white heron with attractive white plumes on crest, back and chest, black legs and bill and yellow feet. Photographed in Kamptee, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India (Devendra Nagpal)

 

The Indian Peafowl has an iridescent blue and green plumage, mostly metallic blue and green, but the green peacock has green and bronze body feathers. Photographed in Kanha WLS, M.P., India (Ranjeet Chitrakar)

 

Dalmatian Pelican. In winter, adult Dalmatian pelicans go from silvery-grey to a dingier brownish-grey cream colour. Immature birds are grey and lack the pink facial patch of immature White Pelicans. Photographed in Uttar Pradesh, India (Ajad Singh)

 

Kingfishers are generally brightly coloured. The Common kingfisher has blue/green wings and their upperparts, rump, and tail are bright blue colour. It has bright orange underparts and it also has a small, white bib underneath the beak, on the throats. Photographed in Kasauli Hills, Himachal Pradesh, India (Kuldip Jaswal)

 

The plumage of the Common Kestrel is mainly light chestnut with blackish spots on the upper-side and buff with narrow blackish streaks on the underside. The remiges are also blackish. Unlike most raptors, this species displays sexual colour dimorphism with the male having fewer black spots and streaks, as well as a blue-grey cap and tail. Photographed in Hyderabad, Telangana, India (Sourav Mookherjee)

 

Common Babbler photographed in Faridkot, Punjab, India (Gagan Bedi)

 

Cattle Egret in breeding plumage. Adult cattle Egrets are all white with a yellow bill and legs. In their breeding plumage, they have golden plumes on their head, chest, and back. Photographed in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India (Arindam Saha)

 

Blue-winged Minla. Adult birds have a powdery grey-blue overall colour with blue highlights on the wings and tail. The face and sides are tinged soft grey-brown. There are considerable variations over range with birds in southern Southeast Asia being very grey, lacking bright colours. Photographed in Sattal, Uttarakhand, India (Gargi Biswas)

 

Black-rumped Flameback photographed in Kolkata, south of West Bengal, Inida (Pradyut Choudhury)

 

Black Kites are medium-sized raptors. From a distance, they appear black, with a light brown bar on the shoulder. Their plumage is actually dark brown, with scattered light brown and rufous markings, particularly on the head, neck and underparts. Photographed in Ambazari backwaters, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India (Devendra Nagpal)

 

A Brown-headed Barbet in its full plumage. Adult birds have streaked brown head, neck and breast, and a yellow eye patch. The rest of the plumage is green. This was photographed in Jai Prakash Udyan, Bhagalpur, India (Sumit K Sum)

 

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Edited by Abigail Ramudzuli, Campaign Manager