Top 25 birds of the week: Seedeaters!

Typically, seedeaters are small birds with conical beaks. These birds eat seed and grain and are often known either as Old World or New World Seedeaters. Seedeaters’ beaks are strong adapted to open the most difficult seeds. There is a tremendous variety of seeds that are available in many parts of the world eaten by birds, making it less surprising that this group of birds is wide-spread.
Thank you to all the photographers that submitted photos of birds with the theme #seedeaters. 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. Enjoy!

White-throated laughingthrush is a species of passerine bird in the family Leiothrichidae. It is found mainly in the northern regions of the Indian subcontinent, primarily the Himalayas. Photographed at Sirmour Valley (Manish Ahuja)

 

Vernal Hanging Parrot photographed in Palani Hills, India (Dr Radhakrishnan Sadasivam)

 

Tricoloured Munia photographed in Paratwada, Maharashtra, India (Ranjeet Chitrakar)

 

Tricoloured Munia. The Tricoloured Munia is a small gregarious bird which feeds mainly on grain and other seeds. Photographed in West Bengal, India (Grace Marian)

 

The black-throated Munia or Jerdon’s Mannikin. Photographed in Palani Hills, India (Dr Radhakrishnan Sadasivam)

 

Scaly-breasted Munia photographed in Kharagpur, West Bengal, India (Gargi Biswas)

 

Russet sparrow, also called the cinnamon or cinnamon tree sparrow, is mostly a seed-eater, eating the seeds of herbs and weeds as well as rice, barley, and other grains. Photographed in Uttrakhand, India (Lalit Arora)

 

Russet Sparrow photographed in Uttarakhand, India (PS Bhandari)

 

Rose-ringed Parakeet photographed in Barasat, West Bengal, India (Mayeen Ahmed)

 

The Red-whiskered Bulbul is a resident frugivore found mainly in tropical Asia. It has been introduced in many tropical areas of the world where populations have established themselves. Photographed in Thattekad, Kerala, India 9Gargi Biswas)

 

Red Munia – Juvenile. Photographed in, Tamilnadu, India (Sundara Manikkam)

 

Red Avadavat, also called the Red Munia. Photographed at the Surajpur Wetlands in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India (Sibananda Bhanja)

 

The Pin-tailed Parrotfinch is a common species of estrildid finch found in Southeast Asia: Malaysia, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Burma, Vietnam, Thailand and China. Photographed in Perak, Malaysia (Lee Wee Yee)

 

The Painted Bunting is a species of bird found in the Cardinal family. It is a near bird native to North America. Photographed in Green Pond, South Carolina, USA (Sue Roberts)

 

The Indian Silverbill is found in the Indian Subcontinent and adjoining regions that was formerly considered to include the closely related African Silverbill. Photographed in Haryana, India (Lalit Arora)

 

House Sparrow photographed in Indore, Madhya Pradesh (Reitesh Khabia)

 

The Himalayan Black-lored Tit is a passerine bird in the tit family and it is the closest relative to the Yellow-cheeked Tit. Photographed in Sattal, Uttarakhand, India (Gargi Biswas)

 

The Green-backed Tit is found in Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Laos, Burma, Nepal, Pakistan, Taiwan and Vietnam. Photographed in Sattal, Uttarakhand, India (PS Bhandari)

 

Great Hornbill. Photographed at the Manas National Park (Momita Bhattacharya)

 

The Golden Oriole is also known as the Eurasian Oriole. It is the only member of the Old World oriole family of passerine birds breeding in the Northern Hemisphere temperate regions. Photographed in Paratwada, Maharashtra, India (Ranjeet Chitrakar)

 

Crested Bunting. Kuno National Park, Madhya Pradesh. Photographed by Reitesh Khabia.

 

Chestnut Munia photographed in Rajarhat Grasslands, West Bengal, India (Navonil Dutta)

 

Black-headed Munia or Chestnut Munia photographed in Selangor, Malaysia (TW Loong)

 

The Baya Weaver is a weaverbird found across the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia. Photographed in Paratwada, Maharashtra, India. (Ranjeet Chitrakar)

 

The Ashy-crowned Sparrow-lark is found in the plains in open land with bare ground, grass and scrub across South Asia. Photographed in West Midnapore, West Bengal, India (Gargi Biswas)

 

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Edited by Abigail Ramudzuli, Campaign Manager