Top 25 birds of the week: Spectacular Captures

Birds are admired for their beauty, songs, and the grace of their ability to fly and most importantly birds are admired for the role they play in the ecosystem. Yes, birds contribute to the environment directly and indirectly. This is often called “Ecosystem Services”. Many ecologically important plants require pollination by birds, and some birds feed on pests such as rodents while flycatchers and their allies consume a large number of insects each year.

Thank you to all the photographers that submitted photos of birds with the theme #spectacular, 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 Macaw is a bright rainbow coloured bird with vibrant feathers making them a grand stand out with their bright colors. Photographed in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, USA (Linn Smith)


The Barn Owl is the most widely distributed species of owl in the world and it is one of the most widespread of all species of birds. Sometimes it is called the Common Barn Owl. Photographed in Madhyamgram, Kolkata (Grace Marian)


The Black-breasted Weaver is sometimes called the Bengal Weaver or the Black-throated Weaver. It is resident in northern river plains of the Indian Subcontinent. Photographed in Kalyani, West Bengal, India (Priyak Mukherjee)


Black-winged Kite photographed at the Magalodi Birds Sanctuary, Karnataka, India (Basawant Annigeri)


The Blue-throated Barbet is native to the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia. Photographed in West Bengal, India (Firdousi Ahmed)


The Common Kestrel is a bird of prey species also known as the European Kestrel, Eurasian Kestrel or the Old World Kestrel. Photographed in Chennai, Tamilnadu (Mohammed Ashraf)


The Common Kingfisher, also known as the Eurasian Kingfisher or the River Kingfisher, is a small kingfisher with seven recognized subspecies within its wide distribution across Eurasia and North Africa. Photographed in Bharatpur Rajasthan (Aparna Mondal)


The Eurasian Collared Dove is native to Europe and Asia. It is a medium-sized dove, distinctly smaller than the Wood Pigeon, similar in length to a Rock Pigeon but slimmer and longer-tailed and slightly larger than the related European Turtle Dove. Photographed in Sunder Nursery, Delhi, India (Kartik Wamdev)


The Eurasian Hoopoe is the most widespread species of the Upupa, native to Europe, Asia and the northern half of Africa. Photographed in Keoladeo Shiv Temple, Keolaeo-Ghana National Park, India (Christopher Ciccone)


Great Black-backed Gulls photographed in the USA. These are the largest of the North American Gulls and are primarily found on the Atlantic coast. Due to their size, they are predators to other birds and will steal food from other birds as well (Kelly Hunt)


The Grey Francolin is found in the plains and drier parts of the Indian Subcontinent. During the breeding season, calling males attract challengers. Photographed in Hyderabad, India (Kishore Bakshi)


Indian Pitta photographed in Gurgaon, India (Amit Sharma)


The Indian White-eye is a small passerine bird which is a resident breeder in open woodland on the Indian Subcontinent. The species is found in a wide of habitats from scrub to moist forest, sometimes occurring on mangrove areas such as in the Karachi area. Photographed in Karnataka, India (Pradnya Paralkar)


The Kori Bustard is Africa’s heaviest flying bird and can weigh up to 19kg. It is a land bird with long neck and long foot ended by three fingers with light brown or grey plumage. Photographed in Ethiopia (Amit Sharma)


The Laughing Dove is a resident breeder in Africa, the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent. Photographed in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India (Ritu Ahluwalia)


Lesser Flamingo photographed in Jamnagar, Gujarat (Kalyani Kapdi)


Lesser Goldenback Woodpecker photographed in Baruipur, West Bengal, India (Soumyo Chatterjee)


The Marsh Wren is a small North American songbird of the wren family. It is sometimes called the Long-billed Marsh Wren to distinguish it from the Sedge Wren, also known as the Short-billed Marsh Wren. Photographed in Pennsylvania, USA (Ashrith Kandula)


The Red-Whiskered Bulbul is a very common bird in hill forests and urban gardens within its range. Photographed in Karnataka, India (Pradnya Paralkar)


The River Tern, or the Indian River Tern, is a resident breeder along inland rivers from Iran east into the Indian Subcontinent and further to Myanmar to Thailand, where it is uncommon. Photographed in Maharashtra (Ramesh Aithal)


The Stock-billed Kingfisher is widely but sparsely distributed in the tropical Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia, from India to Indonesia. This kingfisher is resident throughout its range. Photographed in Purbhasthli, West Bengal, India (Aparna Mondal)


The Black-rumped Flameback photographed in Kolkata, India Photographed (Grace Marian)


The Purple Heron is a wide-ranging species of wading bird. It breeds in Africa, central and southern Europe, and southern and eastern Asia. Photographed at the Kaikandrahalli Lake, Bangalore, India (Senthil Kumar Duraisamy)


White-breasted Kingfisher photographed in Nagpur, Maharashtra, India (Vikram Bahal)


White-crested Laughingthrush. This species is found in Northern Parts of Indian Subcontinent from the Himalayan Foothills to South East Asia. Photographed in Sattal, Uttarakhand, India (Abhay Dahake)

Our mission is to build a global community around the freedom and beauty of birds in the wild as ambassadors for the natural ecosystems that they depend upon. They are the music, decoration, and character of every terrestrial habitat on the planet and have been around since the dinosaurs. They are the witnesses and ambassadors of the awesome power of nature. The wide availability of good, cheap optics has opened their world to us for the last few decades. Amazing, affordable DSLR cameras with long lenses are delivering brilliant digital bird imagery to online communities.

We are in a day-and-age during which more bird species are threatened with extinction than ever before. The Wild Birds! Revolution aims to publish the “Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week” to 1 million people every week by the end of the year. That is a revolution that will change the world! Join thousands of other weekend naturalists, photographers, birders, experts, hikers, nature-lovers, guides, scientists, conservationists and artists that share the thousands of wild bird photographs submitted to the Wild Bird Trust website and Facebook page. Thousands of wild bird enthusiasts are going out every day to photograph our planet’s beautiful birdlife. Pick up your camera, fill your bird feeder, open your heart, and join the Wild Birds! Revolution!!

Edited by Abigail Ramudzuli, Campaign Manager