Top 25 birds of the week: Seabirds

Seabirds are birds that are adapted to life within the marine environment. While seabirds vary greatly in lifestyle, behaviour and physiology, they often exhibit striking convergent evolution, as the same environmental problems and feeding niches have resulted in similar adaptations.

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

Whiskered Tern photographed at the Magalajodi Wetlands, Odisha, India (Pradyut Choudhury)


The Silver Gull is the most common gull of Australia. It has been found throughout the continent, but particularly at or near coastal areas. Photographed in Sydney, NSW, Australia (Paneendra BA)


Ring-billed Gull photographed in Liberty Island, New York (Joshua Sant)


The Red-billed Gull is native to New Zealand and it was once known as the Mackerel Gull. It is a fairly small gull with an all-red bill, red eye ring, red legs and feet, pale grey wings with black wingtips. Photographed in Melbourne, Australia (Richard Chong)


Pallas’s Gull. Larger among the Gulls, usually solitary. They are winter visitors to the coasts and larger rivers of the Indian Subcontinent. Photographed in West Bengal, India. (Lila Roy)


Little Terns photographed in Muar, Johor, Malaysia (Pang James)


The Lesser Black-backed Gull is a large gull that breeds on the Atlantic coasts of Europe. It is a migratory bird, wintering from the British Isles south to West Africa. Photographed in Staple Island, England, UK (Gargi Biswas)


Heuglin’s Gull or the Siberian Gull. Photographed in New Delhi, India (Shalini Jain)


Greater Yellowlegs are large North American shorebirds. They are thrush-sized, white-rumped, tail-bobbing wading bird. Photographed in Mountain View, CA, USA (Paneendra BA)


Great Cormorant photographed in Sydney, NSW, Australia (Paneedra BA)


Great Cormorants in Andhra Pradesh, India Photographed by Sourav Mookherjee


Forster’s Tern photographed in Mountain View, CA, USA (Paneendra BA)


The European Shag, sometimes called the Common Shag, is a species of cormorant. This species breeds around the rocky coasts of western and southern Europe, southwest Asia and north Africa, mainly wintering in its breeding range except for the northernmost birds. Photographed in Staple Island, England, UK (Gargi Biswas)


The Eurasian Whimbrel is one of the most widespread curlews, breeding across much of subarctic Asia and Europe as far south as Scotland. Photographed at the Frasergunj Sea Beach, West Bengal, India (Alok Das)


The Dunlin is a small wader, highly gregarious bird in winter, sometimes forming large flocks on coastal mudflats or sandy beaches. It is a migratory bird, however they show strong philopantry with individuals of the Southern Dunlin. Photography Gajoldoba, India (Avijit Dutta)


Common Sandpiper photographed in Mumbai, India (Vidya Vijay Kulkarni)


The Brown-headed Gull is a small gull that breeds in the high plateaus on central Asia from Tajikistan to Ordos in inner Mongolia. It is migratory, wintering on the coasts and large. Inland lakes of the Indian Subcontinent. Photographed in Gujarat, India (Vidya Vijay Kulkarni)


The Black-headed Gull is a small gull that breeds in much of the Palearctic including Europe and also in coastal eastern Canada. Photographed in Porbandar, Gujarat (Pradyut Choudhury)


The Black Skimmer is a tern-like seabird that breeds in North and South America. Northern populations winter in the warmer waters of the Caribbean and the tropical and subtropical Pacific coasts, but the South American races make only shorter movements in response to annual floods which extend their feeding areas in the river shallows. Photographed in New Jersey, USA (Ashrith Kandula)


Black Oystercatcher photographed in Port Townsend Washington USA (Ellie Kidd)


The Black Guillemot, sometimes called the Tystie, is a medium-sized seabird of the alcid family, native throughout northern Atlantic coasts and eastern North American coasts. Photographed in, Svalbard, Norway (Judi Fenson)


The Australian Pied Cormorant is found around the coasts of Australasia. In New Zealand, it is usually known either as the Pied Shag or by its Māori name of Kāruhiruhi. Photographed in Sydney, NSW, Australia (Paneendra BA)


Atlantic Puffins photographed in Staple Island, England, UK (Gargi Biswas)


The Atlantic Puffin is also known as the Common Puffin. This is the only puffin native to the Atlantic Ocean. The other two related species, the Tufted Puffin and the Horned Puffin, are found in the northeastern Pacific. Photographed Perroquets, Canada (Owen Deutsch)


The Arctic Tern is a strongly migratory bird, seeing two summers each year as it migrates along a convoluted route from its northern breeding grounds to the Antarctic coast for the southern summer and back again about six months later. Photographed in Inner Farne Island, England, UK (Gargi Biswas)

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Edited by Abigail Ramudzuli, Campaign Manager