Join our Wild Bird Revolution and introduce your friends to freedom and splendor of birds in the wild! Wild, free-living birds are ambassadors of the natural habitat they depend upon. Some eat only meat, while other eat only nectar. Some migrate from Cape Town to Siberia between seasons, while others stay at home to protect their patch. Some live 99% of the time in the sky, others live almost entirely underwater. The birds of the world have an astounding diversity of color, design, function, grace, power and creativity that can only come from millions of years of mastering life on earth, or, should I say, in the air. These feathered aviators come from the age of the dinosaurs and their ancestors can be found as ancient fossils from prehistory. From pole to pole they had just about found a home and a place everywhere, in the air, under the waves, in the branches, in your garden, above cities, and in our forests. We need to do everything we can as a society to ensure that future generations have the amazing diversity of birds in their gardens, towns, parks, reserves and wilderness areas that we still have…


Advances in digital photography have given us the opportunity to capture the beauty and freedom of birds in the wild like never before. In January 2011, the Wild Bird Trust set up a Facebook page with the intention of celebrating free flight and birds in the wild from around the world. Here are the “Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week” drawn from thousands of photographs submitted to the Wild Bird Trust. Celebrate the freedom and splendor of birds in the wild with us and stimulate positive change by sharing how beautiful the birds of the world really are…

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Adam Riley /

Southern Carmine bee-eater flying near a communal nesting site near Kalizo Lodge on the banks of the Zambezi river in the Caprivi Strip (Namibia). (Adam Riley /

Syed F. Abbas

White-throated kingfishers are widely distributed in Eurasia from Bulgaria to Turkey, and South Asia to the Philippines. They are frequent sightings on exposed perches. (Syed F. Abbas)

Martin Heigan

Ostrich walking through the amazing wild flowers of Namaqualand in the Northern Cape (South Africa). They are the largest bird on earth and are now farmed extensively. (Martin Heigan)

Suranjan Mukherjee

Tree swallow at a nest cavity in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming (USA). They are migratory and breed in North America and winter in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. (Suranjan Mukherjee)

John Tinkler

Cape longclaws occur in Zimbabwe and SE South Africa. They are usually found in pairs throughout the year, feeding on the ground on insects and small seeds. (John Tinkler)

Suranjan Mukherjee

Song thrushes breed in forests, gardens and parks throughout Eurasia with a partial migration to southern Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. (Suranjan Mukherjee)

Lennart Hessel

Eurasian reed warblers breed across Europe into temperate W Asia and is migratory, preferring to winter in sub-Saharan Africa. (Lennart Hessel)

Dhritiman Hore

Rufous-necked hornbills are found in NE Indian Subcontinent and SE Asia. They are considered vulnerable to extinction with numbers declining significantly due to habitat loss and hunting. They have been entirely extirpated from Nepal, and the global population is now less than 10,000. (Dhritiman Hore)

Dhritiman Hore

Rufous-necked hornbills are sexually dimorphic (i.e. male and female are different). Here we have a male flying, while the previous photograph is a female on a perch. (Dhritiman Hore)

Anja Denker

Southern masked weavers or African masked weavers are resident breeders throughout southern Africa. These widespread passerines prefer shrubland, savanna, grassland, open woodland, inland wetlands and semi-desert areas. (Anja Denker)

Syed F. Abbas

Hoopoes are most notable for their distinctive 'crown' of feathers, and are found across Afro-Eurasia. They are the only extant species in the family Upupidae, as the Giant Hoopoe of Saint Helena is extinct. (Syed F. Abbas)

Syed F Abbas

Sarus cranes are the tallest flying bird on earth, standing up to 1.8 m (5.9 ft). These large non-migratory cranes are found in parts of the Indian Subcontinent, SE Asia and Australia. These Vulnerable cranes are conspicuous ambassadors of the open wetlands they depend upon (Syed F Abbas)

Kelli Greene

Rainbow lorikeets are colorful Australasian parrot found in Australia, E Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu. They feed mainly on fruit, pollen and nectar, possessing a tongue specially-adapted for their particular diet. (Kelli Greene)

Chris Krog

Malachite kingfishers are widely-distributed throughout sub-Saharan Africa, preferring flowing rivers with reeds on which to perch near shallow water that small fish are forced to cross like sandbanks. (Chris Krog)

Adam Riley /

Zitting cisticolas are very widely distributed Old World warbler that breed in S Europe, Africa, and S Asia (down to northern Australia). Here photographed near Nuwara Eliya (Sri Lanka). (Adam Riley /

Atlantic puffin photographed "gallivanting" on Skomer island near Pembrokeshire in Wales (UK). In August 2007, the Atlantic Puffin was proposed as the official symbol of the Liberal Party of Canada after a leader observed a colony of these birds and became fascinated by their antics. (Suranjan Mukherjee)

Dhritiman Hore

Flamebacks are large woodpeckers that breed in tropical S Asia and derive their name from their golden or crimson backs. (Dhritiman Hore)

Martin Heigan

Extreme close-up of a jackal buzzard. These amazing raptors prefer mountainous country with associated savanna and grasslands. They are often seen on perched in open fields at higher altitudes. (Martin Heigan)

Suranjan Mukherjee

Blue tits are common resident breeders throughout temperate and sub-Arctic Europe and W Asia, preferring deciduous or mixed woodlands with a high proportion of oak. Photographed here in Staffordshire (UK). (Suranjan Mukherjee)

Adam Riley /

Red-and-yellow barbets are found in East Africa, preferring broken terrain with opportunities to nest and roost in burrows. Photographed here in Lake Manyara (Tanzania). (Adam Riley /

Dhritiman Hore

Black-naped monarchs breed across tropical S Asia from India and Sri Lanka all the way E to Indonesia and the Philippines, preferring thick forests and other well-wooded habitats (e.g. woodlots). (Dhritiman Hore)

Adam Riley /

Raggiana Bird-of-paradise are the national bird of Papua New Guinea. Photographed here displaying in the high canopy of the tropical forest in Papua New Guinea. (Adam Riley /

Chris Krog

Perfect portrait of a little bee-eater. Simply stunning detail and atmosphere. Little bee-eaters are wonderful to photograph as they always come back to the same perch. (Chris Krog)

Jarl Line

An adult male crimson rosella posing in front of a begging juvenile rosella. They are vulnerable to capture by cats or dogs, and form part of the diet of fox in some areas. (Jarl Line)

Suranjan Mukherjee

Coal tits are widespread and common resident breeders throughout temperate to subtropical Eurasia and N Africa. Photographed here in Staffordshire (UK). (Suranjan Mukherjee)


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The Wild Bird Trust was founded in South Africa in August 2009 with the primary objective of keeping birds safe in the wild. The trust aims to encourage the use of flagship endangered bird species as “ecosystem ambassadors” in their indigenous habitat. The trust focusses on linking ordinary people with conservation action in the field through innovative marketing campaigns and brand development. Saving Africa’s birds is going to take a determined effort from all of us.

The main aims and objectives of the Wild Bird Trust are to:

  • To advance the research in, education about and conservation of all birds in the wild as well as the related habitat.
  • Focus will be placed primarily on African species that act as ecosystem and biodiversity indicators although other species and geographical areas will be considered as well.
  • To work with all interested and involved parties including government, private sector, NGOs, education and research institutions, aviculture and bird-watching sectors without losing objectivity and independence.

In the pursuit of these aims and objectives the Wild Bird trust works closely with relevant local and international entities and persons, including: government authorities; educational institutions; conservation organizations; and avicultural organizations. The trust is funded entirely by its founder members, charitable donations and conservation grants.


See Wild Bird Trust’s epic research expedition across the Okavango Delta using mokoros over 18 days:

1) Bush Boyes on Expedition – 2012 Okavango Wetland Bird Survey

2) Bush Boyes on Expedition – Seronga to Jedibe Across the People’s Okavango…

3) Bush Boyes on Expedition – Madinari “Mother of the Buffalo” Island to the Mombo Wilderness…

See the Africa Birds & Birding Facebook page for amazing bird photography from Africa!