Top 25 birds of the week: Terrestrial Birds

Terrestrial birds are type of birds that are generally found on the ground, not only foraging but also nesting and roosting on the ground or very low bushes. For most terrestrial birds that do fly, they generally stay low above the ground or close to cover when flying. Their way of flying is usually short, frantic bursts rather than lengthy flights.

Thank you to all the photographers that submitted photos of birds with the theme #Terrestrial_Birds. 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 Barred Buttonquail is also called the Common Bustard-quail. This species is found throughout India up to elevations of about 2500 m in the Himalayas, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Burma, Indonesia, the Philippines and most of Southeast Asia. Photographed at the Burdwan outskirts, West Bengal, India (Sinchan Ray)


Female Black Francolin. This is a gamebird in the pheasant family Phasianidae of the order Galliformes, gallinaceous birds. It is also the state bird of Haryana state, India. Photographed in Pangot, Uttarakhand, India (Pradnya Gharpure)


The Cheer Pheasant is also known as the Wallich’s Pheasant. It is a vulnerable species of the pheasant family. This species is distributed in the highlands and scrublands of the Himalayas region of India, Nepal, Kashmir, and Pakistan. Photographed in Munsyari, Uttarakhand, India (Deepa Javdekar)


The Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse is found in sparse, bushy, arid land which is common in central and northern Africa, and southern Asia. This bird was photographed at Jamnagar, Gujarat, India (Kalyani Kapdi)


The Chestnut-necklaced Partridge is found in forested areas in the Thai-Malay Peninsula, Sumatra and Borneo. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has assessed this species as vulnerable. Photo taken in Malaysia (Lee Wee Yee)


Crested Lark photographed at the Phobjika Valley, Bhutan, India (Rashmi Deshpande)


The Eurasian Thick-knee is a fairly large wader that occurs throughout Europe, north Africa and southwestern Asia. This species is a summer migrant in the more temperate European an Asian parts of its range, wintering in Africa. Photo taken at Nagpur, Maharashtra, India (Narendra Nikhare)


The Ferruginous Partridge is found in various habitats, including tropical dry forest and tropical moist lowland forest, secondary scrub and secondary bamboo growth. Photographed in Pahang, Malaysia (Richard Chong)


Greater Painted-snipe in Solapur, Maharashtra, India (Prasanna AV)


The Grey Francolin was previously known as the Grey Partridge. It is found in open cultivated lands as well as scrub forest, normally found foraging on bare or low grass covered ground in scrub and open country. Photographed in Hampi, Karnataka, India (Ravi Muthuswamy)


Grey Francolin photographed in Jhalana Leapard Safari Park, Rajasthan, India (Tapas Acharya)


The Indian Courser is found in mainland South Asia, mainly in the plains bounded by the Ganges and Indus river system. It is a ground bird that can be found in small groups as they forage for insects in dry open semi-desert country. Photographed in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India (Srivatsan Sathiyamoorthy)


Indian Thick-knee photographed in Jorbeer Bikaner (Renu Kohli)


The Jungle Bush Quail is found in the Indian Subcontinent, ranging across India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Photographed in Bangalore (Rashmi Deshpande)


The Kalij Pheasant is found in forests and thickets, especially in the Himalayan foothills, from Pakistan to western Thailand. Males of this species are variable in colour depending on the subspecies involved, while females are overall brownish. Photographed in Sattal, Uttarakhand, India (Gargi Biswas)


The Lichtenstein Sandgrouse is predominantly nomadic, mostly nocturnal, which drink before drawn and after dusk. This species is found over a wide range, from near the equator in Kenya, through the Middle East to Afghanistan. Photographed in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman (Dr SS Suresh)


The Masai Ostrich is also known as the East African Ostrich is a red-necked subspecies variety of the Common Ostrich and it is endemic to East Africa. This is one of the largest birds in the world. Photographed in Masai Mara, Kenya (Subhamoy Das)


The Mountain Peacock-pheasant is a shy and elusive bird and is distributed and endemic to montane forests of the central Malay Peninsula. Photographed in Pahang, Malaysia (Richard Chong)


Painted Francolin photographed in Chandrapur, Maharashtra, India (Harshad Matale)


The Painted Sandgrouse is found in dry regions in rough grassland, rocky areas and scrub and feeds mainly on seeds. It is a gregarious species, and groups congregate at waterholes to drink. Photographed in Nagpur, Maharashtra, India (Harshad Matale)


The Red Spurfowl is found in south of the Ganges across India in scrub, dry and moist-deciduous forests often in hilly country. Photographed in Thattekad (Joel Ranjithkumar)


Red-wattled Lapwing photographed in Pune, Maharashtra, India (Kavya Ram)


The Slaty-breasted Rail is found in the Indian Subcontinent and southeast Asia. Photo taken at Kochi, Kerala (Partha Das)


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


The Yellow-wattled Lapwing is endemic to the Indian Subcontinent. It is mainly found on the dry plains of peninsular India and has a sharp call and is capable of fast flight. Photographed in Bangalore, India (Gopalkrishna Kurandwad)


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