Top 25 birds of the week: Terrestrial_Birds!

Thank you to all the photographers that submitted photos of birds with the theme #terrestrial_birds. Birds are admired for their beauty and their ability to fly and most importantly birds are admired 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 Red-wattled Lapwing is an Asian lapwing or a large plover. It is a ground dwelling bird incapable of perching. This species is declining in its western range, but it is still abundant in much of South Asia, being seen at almost any wetland habitat in its range. Photographed in Gobichettipalayam, Tamilnadu, India (Sundara Manikkam)

 

The Ashy-crowned Sparrow-lark is found in the plains in open land with bare ground, grass and scrub across South Asia. Males of this species are well marked with a contrasting black-and-white face pattern while females are sandy brown. Photographed in Gobichettipalayam, Tamilnadu, India (Sundara Manikkam)

 

The Black Francolin is a gamebird found in scrubby habitats with plenty of cultivated crops tall enough to offer shelter and open beneath to provide escape routes and easy travel. It is the state bird of Haryana state, India. Photographed in Sattal, Tamilnadu, India (Prabhakar T P)

 

The Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse is also known as the Common Sandgrouse. It is a sedentary and nomadic species that ranges from northern and central Africa and further east towards western and southern Asia. Photographed in Bhigwan, Maharashtra, India (Kalyani Kapdi)

 

The Golden Pheasant is also known as the Chinese Pheasant and Rainbow Pheasant. It is native to forests in mountainous areas of western China, but feral populations have established in other parts of the world. This was photographed in Bangalore, Karnataka, India (Dr. Anand Kumar)

 

The Green-legged Partridge is sometimes called the Scally-breasted Partidge or the Green-legged Hill-partidge. It is found in forest in Indochina, ranging slightly into southernmost China. Photographed in Kaeng Krachen, Thailand (Gargi Biswas)

 

Grey Francolin pair photographed at the Jhalana Leopard Park, Rajasthan, India (Vidya Vijay Kulkarni)

 

The Grey Junglefowl (hen) with chicks. This species is one of the wild ancestors of the domestic chicken together with the red junglefowl and other junglefowls. It is also endemic to India, and even today it is found mainly in peninsular India and towards the northern boundary. Photographed in Thatekad, Kerala, India (Prabhakar T P)

 

Eurasian Hoopoe photographed in Paratwada, Maharashtra, India (Ranjeet Chitrakar)

 

The Indian Courser is mainly found in plains bounded by the Ganges and Indus river system. Like other coursers, it is a ground dwelling bird that can be found in small groups as they forage for insects in dry open semi-desert country. Photographer, Tamilnadu, India (Geetha Mani)

 

The Indian Peafowl is a peafowl species native to the Indian Subcontinent. It has also been introduced to many other countries. Photographed in Haryana, India (Lalit Arora)

 

The Jungle Bush Quail is found in the Indian Subcontinent, ranging across India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Photographed in Kanakpura, Karnataka, India (Moulie G J C)

 

The Kalij Pheasant is a pheasant found in forests and thickets, especially in the Himalayan Foothills, from Pakistan to western Thailand. Photographed in Sattal, Uttrakhand, India (PS Bhandari)

 

The Malaysian Partridge is also called the Campbell’s Partridge. This species is found in highland forest in Peninsular Malaysia. Photographed in Pahang, Malaysia (TW Loong)

 

Pacific Golden Plover photographed at the Sundarban biosphere West Bengal, India (Nandita Bhattacharya)

 

The other name for the Paddyfield Pipit is the Oriental Pipit. This is a small passerine bird in the pipit and wagtail family. It is a resident breeder in open scrub, grassland and cultivation in southern Asia east to the Philippines. Photographed in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India (Reitesh Khabia)

 

The Painted Sandgrouse is found in dry regions in rough grassland, rocky areas and scrub and it feeds mainly on seeds. This was photographed in Gujarat, India (Dr. Malay Mandal)

 

Members of Red Spurfowls usually forage in small parties of three to five. They are found in scrub, dry and moist -deciduous forests often in hilly country. They are found south of the Ganges across India. Photographed in Kotagiri, Nilgiris, India (Panthera Tigris)

 

The Rufous-tailed Lark is a ground bird found in the drier open stony habitats of India and parts of Pakistan. Males and females of this species are indistinguishable in the field but during the breeding season, males have courtship display that involves flying up steeply and then nose-diving and pulling up in a series of stepped wavy dips accompanied by calling. Photographed in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India (Reitesh Khabia)

 

The Rufous-throated Partridge is found in montane forests in India and Southeast Asia. Photographed in Sattal, Uttarakhand, India (Satirtha Ghosh)

 

Rufous-throated Partridge photographed in Uttarakhand, India (Supriya Malhotra)

 

The Band-tailed Guan prefers not to fly, and only comes to the ground to forage for fruit that has fallen. This was photographed at Santa Marta, Colombia with the guide Ricardo (Owen Deutsch)

 

The Black-faced Sandgrouse’s flight call is very dove-like. Very little is known about it other than it prefers dry areas to dwell in. Photographed in Kenya with Nelis Wolmarans (Owen Deutsch)

 

The Male Grey Junglefowl photographed in Thattekad, Kerala, India (Amit Prasad Satirtha)

 

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

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Edited by Abigail Ramudzuli, Campaign Manager