Top 25 birds of the week: Raptors

Thank you to all the photographers that submitted photos of birds with the theme #raptors. 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 Kite is a medium-sized bird of prey which is thought to be the world’s most abundant species of Accipitridae although some populations have experienced dramatic declines or fluctuations. Photographed in Vizag, Andhra Pradesh, India (Dr Ashok Kolluru)

 

The Secretary Bird is a large, mostly terrestrial bird. It is endemic to Africa, usually found in the open grasslands and savanna of the sub-Saharan region. Although this species may occur over a large range, the results of localised surveys suggest that the total population is experiencing a rapid decline, probably as a result of habitat degradation. Photographed in Ngorongoro, Tanzania (Joshua Sant)

 

The Peregrine Falcon is also known as just the Peregrine. It is a widespread bird of prey renowned for its speed, reaching over 320 km/h during its characteristic hunting stoop, making it the fastest bird in the world, as well as the fastest member of the animal kingdom. Photographed in Little Rann of Kutch, Gujarat, India (Abhay Dahake)

 

The White-rumped Vulture is an Old World vulture native to South and Southeast Asia. This bird is closely related to the European Griffon Vulture. Photographed in Ngorongoro, Tanzania (Joshua Sant)

 

“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference”. Spotted owlet photographed in Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, India (Kuldip Jaswal)

 

The Besra is a widespread resident breeder in dense forests throughout southern Asia, ranging from the Indian Subcontinent eastwards across Southeast Asia and into East Asia. Photographed in Nagpur, India (K Murli Manohar Naidu)

 

The Black-winged Kite is also known as the Black-shouldered Kite. It is a small diurnal bird of prey in the family Accipitridae best known for its habit of hovering over open grasslands in the manner of the much smaller kestrel. Photographed in Nagpur, Maharashtra, India (Vikram Bahal)

 

Brahminy Kite photographed in Sundarban, Westbengal, India (Satyaki Naha)

 

The Brown Wood Owl is found in India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Taiwan and South China. Photographed in Sattal, Uttarakhand, India (Gargi Biswas)

 

The Burrowing Owl is a small, long-legged owl found throughout open landscapes of North and South America. They can be found in grasslands, rangelands, agricultural areas, deserts or any other open dry area with low vegetation. Photographed in Ontario, So CA, USA (Leslie Reagan)

 

Changeable Hawk-eagle photographed in Rajaji National Park, Uttarakhand, India (Vidya Vijay Kulkarni)

 

The Coopers Hawk is a medium-sized hawk found in mature forests, woodlands and around water areas. They often perch in dense cover and use stealth to hunt prey. Photographed in USA (Kelly Hunt)

 

The Crested Honey Buzzard is also known as the Oriental Honey Buzzard. Photographed at the Saryu Wetland, Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, India (Ajad Singh)

 

The Egyptian Vulture photographed in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India (Vipul Trivedi)

 

The Eurasian Eagle-owl is also called the European Eagle-owl in Europe. It is one of the largest species of owl as well as one of the most widely distributed. It is found in many habitats but is mostly a bird of mountain regions, coniferous forests, steppes and other relatively remote places. Photographed in Jawai bandh, Rajasthan, India (Pradyut Choudhury)

 

The Eurasian Sparrowhawk is a small bird of prey that can be found in any habitat and often hunts garden birds in towns and cities. It is found throughout the temperate and subtropical parts of the Old World, while birds from the northern parts of the range migrate south for winter, their southern counterparts remain resident or make dispersive movements. Photographed in New Delhi, India (Lalit Arora)

 

The Indian Vulture is an Old World vulture native to India, Pakistan and Nepal. It breeds mainly on cliffs in South and central India, but is known to use trees to nest in Rajasthan. Photographed in Bandhavgarh National Park, India1 (Feroze Hossain)

 

Lesser Krestal photographed in Lonavala Maharashtra, India (Abhay Dahake)

 

The Montagu’s Harrier is a migratory bird of prey of the harrier family. It can be found in a middle-latitude band of predominantly temperate climates, but also in Mediterranean, and boreal zones. Photographed in Vellore, Tamilnadu, India (Srivatsan Sathiyamoorthy)

 

The Short-toed Snake Eagle is a medium-sized bird of prey found throughout the Mediterranean basin, into Russia and the Middle East, and parts of Western Asia, and in the Indian Subcontinent and also further east in some Indonesian islands. Photographed at the Jawai Hills, Rajasthan, India (Feroze Hossain)

 

The Short-eared Owl is found in open country and grasslands. Photographed in Gujarat, India (Pradyut Choudhury)

 

The Griffon Vulture is a large Old World vulture in the bird of prey family Accipitridae. It is also known as the Eurasian griffon. It is not to be confused with a different species, Ruppell’s griffon vulture. It is closely related to the white-backed vulture. Photographed in Himachal Pradesh, India (RupamSarkar)

 

The African Fish-eagle gets its name from the fact that it mostly eats fish for food. This was photographed in Botswana with the guide, Nelis Wolmarans Wildlife Photography (Owen Deutsch)

 

The Shikra Bird has adopted well to urban habitats and can be seen feasting on garden lizards and small birds in residential areas of India. Photographed in Pune, Maharashtra, India (Abhay Dahake)

 

White-eyed Buzzard photographed at the Ranthambhore National Park, India (Feroze Hossain)

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Edited by Abigail Ramudzuli, Campaign Manager