Join the Wild Bird Revolution! Be the first to introduce your friends, family and colleagues to the freedom and splendor of birds in the wild! Close-up and at high resolution. The vibrant colors, fine feathers, glinting eyes are all crystal clear. 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, upon 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…


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…

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Amit Kumar

Tickell's blue flycatchers breed in tropical Asia, from the Indian Subcontinent to SE Asia, stretching across all the countries from India to Indonesia, preferring dense scrub to forest. (Amit Kumar)

Peter Styring /

Rainbow lorikeets brightly colored Australasian parrots found in Australia, E Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. Here photographed in New South Wales (Australia) where same as the rest of the eastern seaboard, from Queensland to South Australia, and northwest Tasmania, they are abundant, preferring rainforest, coastal bush and woodland areas. (Peter Styring /

Red kites are endemic to the W Palearctic region of Europe and NW Africa. Photographed here in Wales. (Suranjan Mukherjee)

Stephen Pietersen

African darters like their cousins around the world are sleek and streamlined for a life hunting fish under the water. They and the water's of Africa are one. (Stephen Pietersen)

Dhritiman Hore

Blue-throated barbets are found across the Indian Subcontinent and SE Asia. This stunning individual has taken an interest in the photographer. (Dhritiman Hore)

Syed F. Abbas

Pied mynas or Asian pied starlings are found on the Indian Subcontinent and throughout SE Asia. They have the ability to mimic human voices, which makes them popular as cage birds. The Sema Nagas will not eat this bird as they believe it is the reincarnation of a human. (Syed F. Abbas)

Sangeeta Dhanuka

Greater flamingos are the most widespread species of the flamingo in the world. They are found in parts of Africa, coastal regions of Pakistan and India, as well as Spain, Albania, Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, Portugal, Italy, and France. (Sangeeta Dhanuka)

Adam Riley /

Streamer-tailed tyrants are found in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, and Paraguay, preferring dry savanna and subtropical or tropical seasonally wet or flooded lowland grasslands. The beauty photographed en route to Intervales (Brazil). (Adam Riley /

Adam Riley /

Grey-breasted spurfowls are endemic to Tanzania and a great place to see them is the Serengeti National Park. (Adam Riley /

Anton Welman

White-backed mousebirds are endemic to southern Africa, preferring the dry western regions. They feed on fruit, flowers, leaves and nectar, and need to bask in the sun to speed the digestive process and get as much out of fermentation as possible. (Anton Welman)

Artur Bujanowicz

Baglafecht weavers are found in Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia. They prefer subtropical or tropical moist lowland and montane forests. Photographed here in Bushara Island (Uganda). (Artur Bujanowicz)

Amit Kumar

Black redstarts are widespread breeders in S and central Europe and Asia, as well as NW Africa, Great Britain and Ireland, Morocco, and as far east as central China. (Amit Kumar)

Dhritiman Hore

Spotted owlets are resident breeders in tropical Asia from India to SE Asia. These owls live close to humans and their loud calls have been associated with bad omens. (Dhritiman Hore)

Kyle Ansell

Collared sunbirds are common breeders across most of sub-Saharan Africa. They are primarily insectivorous and gave a shorter beak to accommodate this diet. (Kyle Ansell)

Johan Vosloo

Egyptian geese are abundant in urban areas today and often taken for granted. They were considered sacred by the ancient Egyptians and appeared in their make-up and artwork. (Johan Vosloo)

Johan Vosloo

Female weaver feeding on a berry. They are found building their elaborately woven nests in sub-Saharan Africa and tropical Asia. (Johan Vosloo)

Stephen Pietersen

Carmine bee-eater are one of the wonderful summer arrivals in southern Africa where you find them in open grasslands hawking for insects near grazing animals. Photographed here with a summer rainstorm in the background. (Stephen Pietersen)

Amit Kumar

Brown-headed gulls are not a pelagic species and rarely seen at sea far from coastline of S Asia. (Amit Kumar)

Suranjan Mukherjee

Eurasian nuthatches seem unique when you see them because they angle their heads and move down the tree. Other birds would move down the tree as they forage. These little gems are found throughout Europe and Asia. (Suranjan Mukherjee)

Dhritiman Hore

Black kites are distributed throughout the temperate and tropical parts of Eurasia, Australasia, and Oceania. The temperate region populations are known to hybridize with red kites, and tend to be migratory. (Dhritiman Hore)

Billy Crow

Hummingbirds have long lifespans for birds with such rapid metabolisms. Like most birds many die during their first year, with only a few surviving to live a decade or more. Among the better-known North American species, the average lifespan is 3 to 5 years. (Billy Crow)

Debapratim Saha

The white-crested laughingthrush is an Old World babbler found in the forests and scrub of the Himalayan foothills all the way to Indochina. They are considered "Least Concern". (Debapratim Saha)

Amit Kumar

Common kestrel is also known as the "Old World Kestrel". They occur over a massive distributional range across Europe, Asia, and Africa, as well as occasionally reaching the E coast of North America. Photographed here in England. (Amit Kumar)

Amit Kumar

Indian pittas breed primarily in the Himalayan foothills from N Pakistan to Nepal, sometimes breeding in the hills of central India and W Ghats, migrating to all parts of peninsular India and Sri Lanka during winter. (Amit Kumar)

Amit Kumar

Brown-headed gulls breed on the high plateaus of central Asia from Turkmenistan to Mongolia, migrating during winter to the coastline and large inland lakes of tropical S Asia. (Amit Kumar)

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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…

4) Bush Boyes on Expedition – Escape from Chief’s Island and World Heritage Status…

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