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Nobby Clarke

Crested barbets are very vocal and can call a "trill" that can continue for very long periods of time. (Nobby Clarke)

Lennart Hessel

Golden eagles are one of the most powerful predators in the bird world, hunting by flying in a fast glide or soar followed by a sudden stoop down to the prey. (Lennart Hessel)

Melissa Penta

Violet sabrewing is an over-sized hummingbird native to S Mexico and Sentral America as far S as Costa Rica and W Panama. Photographed here in Monte Verde Cloud Forest in Costa Rica. (Melissa Penta)

Geir Jensen

Purple sandpipers breed in the northern tundra on islands in Canadian Arctic and coastal Greenland and NW Europe, nesting on the ground either elevated on rocks or in lower damp location. (Geir Jensen)

Mital Patel

Sarus cranes are large non-migratory cranes found on the Indian Subcontinent, SE Asia, and Australia. They are the tallest flying bird on earth at a height of up to 1.8m. (Mital Patel)

Pratik Humnabadkara

Scaly-breasted munias or spice finches are native to tropical Asia, extending from India and Sri Lanka east to Indonesia and the Philippines. (Pratik Humnabadkar)

Rahul Jauhari

Pigeons and doves are distributed almost everywhere on Earth with the exception of the dry Sahara Desert, frozen Antarctic, and high Arctic islands. (Rahul Jauhari)

Mark Drysdale

Pied kingfishers hunts by hovering over the water to see prey and then diving vertically like an arrow to speer a fish or frog. (Mark Drysdale)

Nina Stavlund

Northern saw-whet owls make a repeated tooting whistle sound, which sounds like a saw being sharpened on a whetstone... Photographed here in Canada. (Nina Stavlund)

Nina Stavlund

Great shearwaters feed on fish and squid that they catch near the surface or by plunge-diving. Photographed here in Canada. (Nina Stavlund)

Nina Stavlund

Great horned owl calls with a low-pitched, loud ho-ho-hoo hoo hoo... They are largest owl in North America. (Nina Stavlund)

Mark Drysdale

Malachite kingfishers sit perched quietly on a perch then suddenly drop with a splash and returns in an instant with a struggling fish, frog or tadpole... Just perfect! (Mark Drysdale)

Chris Kotze

Bearded vultures breed on cliffs and ledges in the high mountains of S Europe, the Caucasus, N Africa, S Africa, the Indian Subcontinent, and Tibet. They are i n trouble throughout their range. Photographed here in South Africa. (Chris Kotze)

Anja Denker

Helmeted guineafowls are prolific breeders and have been introduced into the West Indies, Brazil, Australia and S France as an alternative game bird. (Anja Denker)

Mark Drysdale

Golden-tailed woodpeckers are widespread and found in Angola, Benin, Botswana, Canada, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. (Mark Drysdale)

Mital Patel

Eurasian cuckoos are brood parasites that lay their eggs in the nests of dunnocks, meadow pipits, and eurasian reed warblers... (Mital Patel)

Mark Drysdale

The amazing Amur falcons undertake the longest regular overwater passage of any raptor, crossing over the Indian Ocean between W India and tropical E Africa - a journey of more than 4,000 km that also includes nocturnal flight. (http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2012/11/03/migrating-amur-falcons-massacred-in-india-we-need-to-help-these-people-stop-doing-this/) (Mark Drysdale)

Daniel Mora P.

Andean condors are national symbols of Peru, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, and Ecuador, featuring prominently in the mythology of most Andean regions. (Daniel Mora P.)

Rahul Jauhari

Ashy prinias are resident breeders in the Indian Subcontinent ranging through India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and W Myanmar. (Rahul Jauhari)

Rahul Jauhari

Asian paradise flycatchers are strongly migratory and spend their winters in tropical Asia. There are, however, resident populations in S India and Sri Lanka. (Rahul Jauhari)

Mark Drysdale

"Bateleur" is French for "tight-rope walker", which describes their characteristic habit of tipping the ends of their wings in flight due to having no tail to balance them. (Mark Drysdale)

Kevin Le Pape

Common waxbills build nest in cavities that are usually low to the ground amongst dense vegetation. The nests are a ball of criss-crossed grass stems with a long downward-pointing entrance tube on one side lined with feathers. (Kevin Le Pape)

David Schultz

Snow geese winter in the warmer parts of N America from SW British Columbia through parts of the USA to Mexico. These are the first geese arriving in Washington State this year. (David Schultz)

Mark Drysdale

Didericks cuckoos are solitary birds found in open woodland, savanna and riverine forest in Africa S of the Sahara. (Mark Drysdale)

Mital Patel

Steppe eagles from Europe and Central Asian winter in Africa, while the eagles from Russia and Mongolia fly south to India. Photographed here in Rajasthan (India). (Mital Patel)

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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.

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