Top 25 birds of the week: Terrestrial Birds!

Thank you to all the photographers that submitted photos of birds with the theme #terrestrialbirds. 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 Red-necked Spurfowl, also called the Red-necked Francolin, is very wary of being seen and typically hides while looking for food unless it has no choice (Owen Deutsch)


The Red-crested Korhaan has a bizarre and unique-looking mating ritual. It runs around with its head bowed and its wings and shoulders shrugged up. Photographed in Botswana (Owen Deutsch)


Tawny Lark photographed in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India (Reitesh Khabia)


The Sand Partridge is a gamebird with native ranges from Egypt and Israel east to South Arabia. Photographed in Ibri, Sultanate of Oman (Dr SS Suresh)


The Ruppell’s Korhann is a small bustard, only 60cm long. On average, they inhabit areas with low rainfall such as deserts, plains and savannahs. It is one of Namibia’s 13 native birds found in the western part of the country. Photographed in Namibia (Judi Fenson)


A Rufous-throated Partridge pair. It is found in montane forests in India and Southeast Asia. Photographed in Sattal, Uttarakhand, Inida (Vidya Vijay Kulkarni)


Ruddy Crake photographed at Mangalajodi Wetlands, Odisha, India (Pradyut Choudhury)


The Red Spurfowl is found in scrub, dry and moist deciduous forests often in hilly country. It is found south of the Ganges across India. Photographed in Thattekad, Kerala, India (Gargi Biswas)


The Painted Sandgrouse is a medium to large bird in the sandgrouse family found in Bangladesh, India and Pakistan. Photographed at the Panna Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh, India (Pankaj Kapoor)


Oriental skylark photographed in Rajarhat grasslands, Kolkata, West Bengal, India (Pradyut Choudhury)


The Lichtenstein Sandgrouse is found over a wide region, from near the equator in Kenya, through the Middle East to Afghanistan. Photographed in Ibri, Sultanate of Oman (Dr SS Suresh)


The Kalij Pheasant is found in forests and thickets, especially in the Himalayan foothills, from Pakistan to western Thailand. Photographed in Sattal, Uttarakhand, India (Vidya Vijay Kulkarni)


The Indian Thick-knee, also known as the Indian Stone-curlew, is found in dry deciduous forests and thorn forest, scrubby riverbeds, groves and even gardens. Photographed in Mohali, Punjab (Yedu Rajeev)


The Grey Francolin is a species of francolin found in the plains and drier parts of the Indian Subcontinent. It is normally found foraging on bare or low grass covered ground in scrub and open country, and is rarely found above an altitude of 500 m above sea level in India, and 1200 m in Pakistan. Photographed in Hyderabad, India Hyderabad (Kishore Bakshi)


Grey Francolin in Jhalana , Jaipur Rajasthan, Inida (Pradyut Choudhury)


Green-legged Partridge photographed in Kaeng, Krachen, Thailand (Gargi Biswas)


Grey Francolins photographed in Hospete, Karnataka, India (Prabhakara Gujjarappa)


The Gamble’s Quail is a small ground dwelling bird in the New World quail family. It is found in the desert region of Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Texas, and Sorona. This bird can easily be commonly confused with the California Quail due to similar plumage. Photographed in California, USA (Ellie Kidd)


Crawshay’s Francolin photographed at the Nyika National Park, Malawi (Maans Booysen)


The Erckel’s Francolin is the largest African Spurfowl. It is native to the northern parts or Eritrea and Ethiopia, as well as northeast Sudan. Photographed in Hawaii, USA (Ashrith R. Kandula)


The Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse is a bird of barren, semi-deserts. It is heavily reliant on water, despite living in hot, arid climates and is known to travel up to 50 miles a day in search of water. Photographed in Ibri, Sultanate of Oman (Dr SS Suresh)


Black francolin photographed in Haryana, India (Lalit Arora)


The Black Francolin is the state bird of Haryana state, India. It is found in scrubby habitats with plenty of cultivated crops tall enough to offer shelter and open beneath to provide escape routes and easy travel. Photographed in Sattal, Uttarakhand, India (Vidya Vijay Kulkarni)


The Barred Buttonquail, also known as the Common Bustard-quail, is one of the small family of birds which resemble, but are unrelated to the true quails. This bird is resident from India across tropical Asia to south China, Indonesia and the Philippines. Photographed in Penang, Malaysia (Lee Wee Yee)


Yellow-wattled Lapwing photographed in Kharagpur, West Bengal, India (Gargi Biswas)


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.

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Edited by Abigail Ramudzuli, Campaign Manager