When you consider that all life on earth evolved from a single-celled organism, it it truly mind-blowing that our earth holds such diversity. This week’s Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs gives just a glimpse into the amazing diversity within the birds, we feature the small and dainty like the Ultramarine Flycatchers right up to the large and powerful such as the Brahminy Kite. Thank you to everyone who shared their stunning photographs with us and congratulations to everyone who made it to the Top 25 this week. To be in the running for next week’s Top 25 you can submit photographs on the Facebook page with species, location and photographer as the caption. Also follow us on Twitter for regular updates and on Instagram for our feature on a different group of birds every day!
This beautiful female Ashy-crowned Sparrow-lark was photographed in Pune, India by Sushil Khekare. These sparrow-larks live in open, dry habitats where they feed on seeds and grasses.
Here we have a white morph of the Asian Paradise Flycatcher. As their name suggests these birds feed on flying insects. While they normally catch insects in flight, sometimes they will perch on the forest floor and disturb the vegetation so as to flush insects within the leaf litter. Photo by Nitin Nawathe
Black-chinned Hummingbirds are known to take nectar from 40 different species of flower. Photo by Tim Nicol
This colourful Blue-throated Barbet was photographed by Ganesh Rao in Uttarakhand, India. During courtship the male and female perform a ritual with head bobbing and tail-twitching.
The Brahminy Kite can often be found close to salt, and fresh, water bodies. This regal kite was photographed by Dr S Alagu Ganesh
This Crested Kingfisher was photographed by Adhirup Ghosh. These kingfishers feed mainly on fish and crayfish.
The Eastern Orphean Warbler spends the northern summer in Eurasia and the southern summer in sub-Saharan Africa, an ideal lifestyle for maximizing foraging opportunities! This one was photographed by Antonis Tsaknakis, within its northern range, in Cyprus
European Goldfinches are common across their range but are no less thrilling to see! This stunning individual was photographed near Rhotang Pass in India by Paresh Deshmukh
An Indian Courser captured beautifully in its natural habitat. They are generally found in stony plains and also in waste and fallow land. Photograph by Indranil Bhattacharjee
For such a beautiful bird you would expect an equally beautiful and melodious call but the Indian Roller in fact has a harsh and jarring call. Photo by Goutam Mitra
A Large-tailed Nightjar looking very comfortable on a branch. These nightjars are known to sometimes follow livestock, catching insects that are flushed by their legs. Photograph by PakCik Malek
A Laughing Dove giving a brilliant display of its contrasting tail feathers. Photo by Vishwas Thakkar
In this picture you can really see how the Lesser Golden-backed Woodpecker got its name! This Woodpecker is found in woodland areas across India. Photo by Shantharam Holla
Long-tailed Shrikes are often found in cultivated areas. Photograph by Goutam Mitra
An Osprey displaying the full length of its wings, the wingspan of an Osprey is usually between 1.27 and 1.74 metres, depending on the sex and sub-species. Photo by Sujoy Sarkar
Purple Herons have been known to catch fish up 55 centimetres long. Photo by Ayan Guin
The Red-billed Leiothrix is native to south-east Asia, India and Pakistan. This one was photographed in Pakistan by Wajahat Malik
The Shikra is a species of falcon which is distributed across much of Africa, India and south-east Asia. Photo by Tushar Tripathi TT
The Sykes’s Nightjar tends to prefer semi-desert habitats and avoids cultivated areas. Photo by Suketu Purohit
There are two sub-species of Ultramarine Flycatcher, the eastern and the western, this is a Western Ultramarine Flycatcher. The males can be easily told apart by the white stripe above the eye which the Eastern Ultramarine Flycatcher lacks. Photo by Gaurav Budhiraja
The Virginia Rail is found in freshwater marshes from southern Canada to Mexico. Photo by Owen Deutsch
Crested Kingfishers lay their eggs within a burrow which they excavate in a river bank. Photograph by Amit Kumar Srivastava
A crystal clear photograph of a White-breasted Waterhen foraging. These birds eat a variety of foods from molluscs to grass and seeds. Photograph by Ganesh Rao
A White-throated Laughingthrush having a bath. This species is gregarious, you will often see groups of between six and fifteen together. Photo by Sandipan Ghosh
Yellow-bellied Prinias prefer habitats with tall grasses and reed beds. Photograph by Ambar Chakraborty
Edited by Christie Craig, Campaign Manager
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