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.

The Ashy-crowned Sparrow Lark forages on the ground for seeds and insects. Individuals of this species would take fallen grain in fields. Photographed in Nagpur, Maharashtra, India (Vikram Bahal)

 

The Yellow-throated Sparrow is also known as the Chestnut-shouldered Petronia. Photographed at Hampi, Karnataka, India (Ramesh Aithal)

 

White-rumped Munia photographed in West Bengal, India (Sumankalyan Saha)

 

White-rumped Munias are known to take bamboo seeds. They mostly eat seeds from grasses and other plants. Photographed in India (Dr Radhakrishnan Sadasivam)

 

The Tricoloured Munia is a small gregarious bird which feeds mainly on grain and other seeds. It is found in grassland habitats and it may also be found in tropical lowland moist forest habitats. Photographed in Singur, Westbengal, India (Subhendu khanra)

 

Streaked Weavers feed on seeds, including those of the grasses, rice, wheat, miller and sorghum. Nestlings are fed mainly with insects, especially grasshoppers, and also caterpillars, beetles, spiders and small snails. Photographed in India (Dr Radhakrishnan Sadasivam)

 

Scaly-breasted Munia photographed at the Bangalore outskirts, India (Ramesh Aithal)

 

The Scaly-breasted Munia feeds on grass seeds apart from berries and small insects. Individuals of this species forage in flocks and communicate with soft calls and whistles. They are highly sociable birds. Photographed in Durgapur, West Bengal (Aparna Mondal)

 

The Rufous-collared Sparrow feeds on the ground on seeds, fallen grain, insects and spiders. Sometimes, it can be found in mixed-species feeding flocks and has been observed to pick termites from spider webs. Photographed at Talamanca Highland, Costa Rica (Ramesh Aithal)

 

Red-headed Bunting photographed in Faridkot, Punjab Photography (Jasvir Faridkot)

 

Red Avadavat or Red Munia is a medium-sized bird found in the open fields and grasslands or tropical Asia. It mainly feeds on grass seeds but will also take insects such as termites they are available. Photographed in Kandi. Murshidabad, West Bengal (Ujjwal Das)

 

Laughing Doves feed on fallen seeds, mainly of grasses, other vegetable matter and small ground insects such as termites and beetles. Photographed in Japanese park, Delhi, India (Kartik Wamdev)

 

The Indian Silverbill mainly feeds on seeds, but it also takes insects and has been known to visit nectar bearing flowers (Paneenda BA)

 

The House Sparrow is found in most parts of the world. It is strongly associated with human habitation, and can live in urban or rural settings. Adults of the House Sparrow mostly feed on the seeds of grains and weeds, but they are also opportunistic and adaptable, and they would eat whatever food is available. Photographed in Kolkata, west Bengal, India (Rupam Sarkar)

 

The Gouldian Finch is also known as the Lady Gouldian Finch, Gould’s Finch or the Rainbow Finch. It is a colourful passerine bird that is native to Australia. Just like other finches, The Gouldian Finch is a seed eater. Photographed in Victoria, Australia (Richard Chong)

 

The European Goldfinch’s preferred food is small seeds such as those from thistles and teasels, but insects are also taken when feeding young. Photographed in Madrona Marsh, USA (John LeeWong)

 

Eurasian Tree Sparrow photographed in Sabah, Malaysia (Richard Chong)

 

The Desert Lark feeds on seeds and insects, the latter especially in the breeding season. Photographed in Ibri, Sultanate of Oman (Dr SS Suresh)

 

Creasted Lark is common in mainland Europe, it can also be found in northern America and in parts of western Asia and China. Photographed in Nagpur, Maharashtra, India (Vikram Bahal)

 

The Chestnut-shouldered Petronia is also known as the Yellow-throated Sparrow. It feeds on grains but would sometimes take insects, nectar and berries. Photographed in Mangar, Haryana, India (Arindam Saha)

 

Brown-hooded Parrots feed in pairs or small flocks of up to 15 birds, taking various seeds and fruits, including figs, from trees and epiphytes. Photographed at the Costarican Jungles, Costa Rica (Ramesh Aithal)

 

The Brown-headed Cowbird is a small obligate blood parasitic icterid of temperate native to subtropical North America. Photographed in California, USA (Dr SS Suresh)

 

The Bluethroat primarily feeds on invertebrates, chiefly insects, with some seeds and fruits in autumn. Photographed in Jodhpur Rajasthan (Renu Kohli)

 

Black-breasted Weaver or Black-throated Weaver is also known as the Bengal Weaver. Photographed in West Bengal, India (Sumankalyan Saha)

 

Bengal Bushlarks nest on the ground, laying three or four speckled eggs. They mainly feed on seeds and insects, especially the latter during the breeding season. Photographed at the Rajarhat wetlands, Newtown Kolkataxd, West Bengal, India (Pradyut Choudhury)

 

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Edited by Abigail Ramudzuli, Campaign Manager