Top 25 birds of the week: Woodpeckers!

Thank you to all the photographers that submitted photos of birds with the theme #woodpeckers. 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 Streak-throated Woodpecker (Picus xanthopygaeus) is a medium-sized, green woodpecker with streaked throat and scaly whitish underparts. It is green above with yellowish rump, white supercilia and white and black moustache. Photographed in West Bengal, India (Dr. Malay Mandal)


The Sunda Pygmy Woodpecker (Yungipicus moluccensis) is a small sized woodpecker found in Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. Photographed in Selangor, Malaysia (Richard Chong)


Greater Yellownape (Chrysophlegma flavinucha). Photographed in Sattal, Nainital, Uttarakhand, India (Ronak Lalitkumar Joshi)


White-bellied Woodpecker (Dryocopus javensis). Photographed in Kerala, India (Dr. SS Suresh)


Lesser Goldenback (Dinopium benghalense) photographed at the Jhalana Leopard park, Rajasthan (Vidya Vijay Kulkarni)


The Rufous Woodpecker (Micropternus brachyurus) is a medium-sized brown woodpecker found in South and Southeast Asia. It is short-billed, foraging in pairs on small insects, particularly ants and termites, in scrub, evergreen , and deciduous forests. Photographed in Sabah, Malaysia (Richard Chong)


The Lesser Goldenback (Dinopium benghalense) is one of the few woodpeckers that are seen in urban areas. It has a characteristic rattling-whinnying call and an undulating flight. It is the only golden-backed woodpecker with a black throat and a black rump. Photographed at the Sultanpur National Park, Haryana (Sumit K Sum)


Rufous Piculet (Sasia abnormis) photographed in Selangor, Malaysia (Richard Chong)


Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) photographed in Bunnell, FL. (Tim Nicol)


Orange-backed Woodpecker (Reinwardtipicus validus) photographed in Selangor, Malaysia (Richard Chong)


Brown-fronted Woodpecker (Dendrocoptes auriceps). Photographed in Uttrakhand, India (Lalit Arora)


Streak-throated Woodpecker (Picus xanthopygaeus). Photographed in Thattekad, Kerala, India (Gargi Biswas)


Rufous-bellied Woodpecker (Dendrocopos hyperythrus). This woodpecker has a habit of making a series of small pits on the bark of trees leading to its being considered an Asiatic member of the sapsuckers in the past. Photographed in Uttarakhand, India (Dr. Malay Mandal)


The Darjeeling Woodpecker (Dendrocopos darjellensis) is found in the northern regions of the Indian Subcontinent, primarily in the Himalayas, and in some adjoining areas. Photographed at Mandala Top Arunachal, Pradesh (Rashmi Deshpande)


The Heart-spotted Woodpecker (Hemicircus canente) has a contrasting black and white plumage, a distinctively stubby body and a large wedge-shaped head making it easy to identify. Photographed in Thattekad, Kerala, India (Gargi Biswas)


Grey-headed Woodpecker (Picus canus). Photographed in Sattal, Uttarakhand (PS Bhandari)


Crimson-winged Woodpecker (Picus Puniceus). Photographed in Selangor, Malaysia (TW Loong)


Greater Yellownape (Chrysophlegma flavinucha). Photographed in Uttrakhand, India (Lalit Arora)


Darjeeling Woodpecker (Dendrocopos darjellensis). Photographed in Gangtok, Sikkim, India (Dr. Malay Mandal)


Laced Woodpecker (Picus vittatus) photographed in Selangor, Malaysia (TW Loong)


Brown-fronted Woodpecker (Dendrocoptes auriceps) in Sattal, Uttarakhand, India (Gargi Biswas)


The Common Flameback is also known as the Common Goldenback (Dinopium javanense). It has a flaming golden back and long, solid black moustachial stripes. Both sexes have black eyestripes joined to black rear neck stripe. Male has red crown, female has black crown. Photographed in Selangor, Malaysia (Richard Chong)


Buff Necked Woodpecker (Meiglyptes tukki). Photographed in Pahang, Malaysia (Richard Chong)


Brown-fronted Woodpecker (Dendrocoptes auriceps). Photographed in Sattal, Uttrakhand, India (Pankaj Kapoor)


Brown-fronted Woodpecker (Dendrocoptes auriceps). Photographed in Sattal, Uttarakhand, India (Vidya Vijay Kulkarni)


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