Top 25 birds of the week: Wild Birds

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 #wildbird, 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 Greater Yellownape is found in East Asia from northern and eastern India to South-eastern China, Indochina, Hainan, and Sumatra. Photographed in Sattal, Uttarakhand, India (Smita Behera)

 

The Yellow-crowned Night Heron is one of the two species of night herons found in the Americas, the other one being the Black-crowned Night Heron. It is found exclusively in the Americas, and its distribution depends closely on food availability. Photographed in New Jersey, USA (Ashrith Kandula)

 

Black and Orange Flycatcher photographed in Coonoor, Tamilnadu (Mohammed Ashraf)

 

Black and Red Broadbill. It is found in subtropical or tropical moist lowland forest and subtropical or tropical mangrove forests. Photographed in Selangor, Malaysia. Photographed (Richard Chong)

 

The Cattle Egret is a cosmopolitan species of heron found in the tropics, subtropics, and warm-temperate ones. Photographed in Mithapur, Gujarat, India (Chirag Parmar)

 

The Chestnut Bellied Nuthatch is found in the Indian Subcontinent occurring in the countries of India, Tibet Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal. It prefers subtropical or tropical forests that are dry or moist forests, and montane lowland forests. Photographed in Sattal, Uttarakhand (Feroze Hossain)

 

Chestnut-breasted Coronet. This bird loves to guard its favourite flowers, and will chase away other hummingbirds that come close. Photographed at the Huembo Reserve in Peru (Owen Deutsh Photography)

 

The Common Yellowthroat is an abundant bird easy to find in open habitats like marshes and wetlands in the spring and summer in North America. Photographed in the USA (Kelly Hunt)

 

The Crested Lark is common to mainland Europe. It is a non-migratory bird but would occasionally be found as a vagrant in Great Britain. It breeds across most temperate Eurasia from Portugal to north-eastern China and eastern India, and in Africa south to Niger. Photographed in Rohini, Delhi, India (Kartik Wamdev)

 

Fulvous-breasted Woodpecker photographed in Chakkimod, Himachal Pradesh (Jasvir Faridkot)

 

The Indian Eagle Owl, also called the Rock Eagle-owl, is a large horned owl native to hilly and rocky scrub forests of the Indian Subcontinent. Photographed at the Aravalli Biodiversity Park, Gurgaon, Haryana, India (Fermin Jose)

 

 Greater Yellownape photographed in Sattal Uttarakhand (Sumit K Sum)

 

Lesser Yellownape photographed in Sattal, Uttarakhand. This species of woodpeckers can be found in the lower Himalayan forests where there is abundance of fruits, nuts and berries (Feroze Hossain)

 

The Little Grebe is also known as the Dabduck. It is a member of the grebe family of water birds. This bird breeds in small colonies in heavily vegetated areas of freshwater across Europe, much of Asia down to New Guinea, and most of Africa. Photographed in Mangalaudi Odisha (Aparna Mondal)

 

The Plain Prinia is also known as Plain Wren-warbler or White-browed Wren-Warbler. It is a small warbler found in southeast Asia, a resident breeder from Pakistan and India to south China and southeast Asia. Photographed in Dankuni wetland, West Bengal, India (Asim Haldar)

 

Pompadour Green Pigeon photographed at dense forest Karnataka (Ramesh Aithal)

 

The Red-breasted Flycatcher is a small passerine bird in the Old World Flycatcher family. It breeds in eastern Europe and across Central Asia and it is migratory. Photographed at the Japanese park, Delhi, India (Kartik Wamdev)

 

The Snowy Egret is a small white heron. It is the American counterpart to the very similar Old World little egret, which has become established in the Bahamas. Photographed in Oviedo, USA  (Linn Smith)

 

The Spot-billed Pelican, also known as the Grey Pelican, breeds in southern Asia from southern Pakistan across India east to Indonesia. The Spot-billed Pelican is a relatively small pelican but it is still a large bird. Photographed in Bangalore, Karnataka, India (Paneendra BA)

 

Streaked Wren-babbler photographed in Pahang, Malaysia (Richard Chong)

 

The Striated Laughingthrush is found in the northern temperate regions of the Indian Subcontinent and ranges across Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Tibet and Nepal. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forest and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests. Photographed in Pangot, Uttarakhand, India (Smita Behera)

 

The Thick-billed Flowerpecker is a small bird in the flowerpecker group. Birds of this species feed predominantly on fruits and are active birds that are mainly seen in the tops of trees in forests. Photographed in Bangalore outskirts, India (Praveen Guru)

 

Verditer Flycatcher photographed in Lava, West Bengal, India (Ajoy Kumar Dawn)

 

The White-breasted Kingfisher, sometimes called the White-throated Kingfisher, is a tree kingfisher which is widely distributed in Asia from the Sinai east through the Indian subcontinent to the Philippines. Photographed at the Japanese park, Delhi, India (Kartik Wamdev)

 

Yellow-browed Bulbul at Coorg, Karnataka (Ramesh Aithal)

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