Top 25 birds of the week: Spiderhunters and Sunbirds!
Thank you to all the photographers that submitted photos of birds with the theme #spiderhunters and #sunbirds. We admire birds for their beauty and their ability to fly and most importantly for the role they play in the ecosystem. These pictures 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-throated Sunbird (Aethopyga saturate) is found in the Indian Subcontinent and the adjoining regions of Southeast Asia, ranging across the Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand and Vietnam. Photographed in Pahang, Malaysia (Richard Chong)
The Brown-throated Sunbird (Anthreptes malacensis) is also known as the Plain-throated Sunbird. Photographed in Selangor, Malaysia (TW Loong)
The Crimson Sunbird (Aethopyga siparaja) is a resident breeder in tropical southern Asia from India, through Nepal, Bangladesh and Myanmar to Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam. Git-Kolbong, Lava, West Bengal, India (Gargi Biswas)
Fire-tailed Sunbird (Aethopyga ignicauda). Photographed in Rishyap, Darjeeling hills West Bengal, India (Nandita Bhattacharya)
The other name for the Green-tailed Sunbird (Aethopyga nipalensis) is the Nepal Yellow-backed Sunbird. This bird is found in Nepal, the northern regions of the Indian Subcontinent. Stretching eastwards into parts of Southeast Asia. Photographed at the Darjeeling hills, India (Nandita Bhattacharya)
Grey-breasted Spiderhunter (Arachnothera modesta) photographed in Selangor, Malaysia (Richard Chong)
The Little Spiderhunter (Arachnothera longirostra) is a long-billed nectar-feeding bird found in the moist forests of South and Southeast Asia. This was photographed in Periyar, Kerala, India (Jyotsana Jetley Nirula)
Little Spiderhunter (Arachnothera longirostra) Selangor, Malaysia (Richard Chong)
The Loten’s Sunbird (Cinnyris lotenius) is also called the Long-billed Sunbird or the Maroon-breasted Sunbird. Photographed in Alibaug, India (Kalyani Kapdi)
Loten’s Sunbird (Cinnyris lotenius). Photographed in Kerala, India (Dr SS Suresh)
Mrs Gould Sunbird (Aethopyga gouldiae) is native to forests and shrublands from the southern foothills of the Himalayas to Southeast Asia. Photographed in Mandala Arunachal Pradesh, India (Rashmi Deshpande)
The Northern Double-collared Sunbird (Cinnyris reichenowi) is known for its colorful plumage of greens, blues, and reds, though the female is a drab brownish. It is found in Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Sudan and Uganda (Owen Deutsch)
Olive Backed Sunbird (Cinnyris jugularis) is also known as the Yellow-bellied Sunbird. Photographed in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Richard Chong)
Olive-backed Sunbirds (Cinnyris jugularis) in Selangor, Malaysia Photographed (TW Loong)
The Purple-naped Sunbird (Kurochkinegramma hypogrammicum) is found in Southeast Asia from Myanmar to Sumatra and Borneo. Photographed in Kedah, Malaysia (Richard Chong)
The Purple-rumped Sunbird (Leptocoma zeylonica) is a sunbird endemic to the Indian Subcontinent. Just like other sunbirds, they are small in size, feeding mainly on nectar but sometimes insects. Photographed in Kanakpura, Karnataka, India (Moulie G J C)
Purple-rumped Sunbird (Leptocoma zeylonica) photographed in Gadhinglaj, Maharashtra, India (Maya Patil)
Purple Sunbird (Cinnyris asiaticus) is a small bird found in South and Southeast Asia but it extends west into parts of the Arabian Peninsula (Grace Marian)
Purple Sunbird (Cinnyris asiaticus) photographed in Bhandup, Mumbai (Vidya Vijay Kulkarni)
Ruby-cheeked Sunbird (Chalcoparia singalensis). Photographed in Selangor, Malaysia (Richard Chong)
The Shining Sunbird (Cinnyris habessinicus) is found in rocky or sandy areas and dry river beds with Acacia and Ziziphus trees. Photographed in Salalah, Oman (Amar Clicks)
Female Shinning Sunbird photographed in Salalah, Oman (Amar Clicks)
Streaked Spiderhunter (Arachnothera magna). Photographed in Pahang, Malaysia (TW Loong)
The Green-tailed Sunbird (Aethopyga nipalensis). Photographed at the Mishmi hills, Arunachal Pradesh, India (Satirtha Ghosh)
The Variable Sunbird (Cinnyris venustus) is an Old World passerine that mainly feeds on nectar. It has a curved bill and tubular tongue, suitable for feeding on the nectar (Owen Deutsh)
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Edited by Abigail Ramudzuli, Campaign Manager