After a few weeks away working on Africa’s most endangered parrot this wonderful collection of wild bird photographs reminds us that there is so much left to save… This world of ours is still filled with amazing, vibrant wild birds that will take your breath away and astound at first sight. The most beautiful are often the rarest and restricted to small remnant patches of their former natural habitat. Birds are the direct descendants of the dinosaurs and have had millions of years to specialize and modify themselves to occupy every available niche on the surface of planet earth. Over this time they have also created the most amazing tails, crests, colors, designs, patterns, calls, chirps, gurgles, spurs, beaks and much else. Not to mention they can FLY! In short, birds are amazing and we need to pay them more attention in our daily lives…

Join the Wild Bird Revolution today!! Be the first to introduce your friends, family and colleagues to the freedom and splendor of birds in the wild! Advances in digital photography have given us the opportunity to capture the beauty and freedom of birds in the wild like never before. Here are the “Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week” drawn from the thousands of photographs submitted to the Wild Bird Trust for consideration every week. 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…




(Subramanian Chockalingam)

Black-hooded orioles are resident breeders in tropical S Asia from India and Sri Lanka E to Indonesia, preferring open woodland and cultivated lands. (Subramanian Chockalingam)

(Subramanniyan Mani

Blue-tailed bee-eaters breed in SE Asia and are strongly migratory with seasonal sightings along much of peninsular India. (Subramanniyan Mani

(Subramanya Madhyastha)

Blue-tailed bee-eaters eat flying insects, especially bees, wasps and hornets. Research, however, demonstrates that this species probably takes bees and dragonflies in roughly equal numbers. (Subramanya Madhyastha)

(Antero Topp)

Capercaillies are also known as wood grouse and heather cock. They are the largest member of the grouse family and are found across Europe and Asia. They are renowned for their mating displays. Photographed here in Kuusamo (Finland). (Antero Topp)

(Srinivas Popuri)

Coppersmith barbets are resident breeders in the Indian Subcontinent and parts of SE Asia. They are primary excavators that chisel out holes in tree trunks to create suitable nest cavities. Photographed here in Pune (India). (Srinivas Popuri)

(Cuba Birding)

Cuban amazons are found in woodlands and dry forests of Cuba, the Bahamas and Cayman Islands in the Caribbean. (Cuba Birding)

(Dhritiman Hore)

Flamebacks are resident breeders in tropical S Asia. These woodpeckers derive their English names from their golden or crimson backs. (Dhritiman Hore)

(Melissa Penta)

Dark-eyed juncos are common across much of temperate North America and in summer ranges far into the Arctic. Photographed here with nesting material in New York. (Melissa Penta)

(Trevor Kleyn / www.trevorkleyn.com)

Southern ground hornbills have a loud, booming voice and large body that have made them into focal points in many traditional African cultures. Historically, there were strong taboos against killing ground hornbills, but these have been weakened with the modernisation of Africa. (Trevor Kleyn / www.trevorkleyn.com)

(Markus Lilje / www.rockjumperbirding.com)

Sharp-tailed grouses were historically in eight Canadian provinces and 21 U.S. states pre-European settlement after which they were extirpated from California, Kansas, Illinois, Iowa, Nevada and New Mexico. Photographed here in Canada Grasslands National Park. (Markus Lilje / www.rockjumperbirding.com)

(Anantha Murthy)

Red-billed blue magpies ranges from the W Himalayas E to Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam, preferring evergreen forest and scrub in predominantly hilly or mountainous country. (Anantha Murthy)

(Yogi Badri)

Painted storks are widely distributed over the open plains and waterways of Asia, and are found S of the Himalayan ranges and are restricted to the W by the Indus river system where they are rare and extend only E into SE Asia. (Yogi Badri)

(Rohit Singh)

Oriental magpie robins are resident breeders in tropical S Asia from Bangladesh, interior India, Sri Lanka and eastern Pakistan east to Indonesia, Thailand, south China, Malaysia, and Singapore.[3] They have been introduced to Australia. (Rohit Singh)

(David Shackelford / www.rockjumperbirding.com)

Little spotted kiwis were released on Kapiti Island and then also moved to Red Mercury Island, Hen Island, Tiritiri Matangi Island, and Long Island in the Queen Charlotte Sound. In 2000, about 20 Little Spotted Kiwis were released in to Karori Wildlife Sanctuary. This was the first time since about 1900 that Little Spotted Kiwis could be found on the mainland of New Zealand. (David Shackelford / www.rockjumperbirding.com)

(Ken Chuah)

Lesser birds-of-paradise are distributed throughout forests of N New Guinea, and the nearby islands of Misool and Yapen. They are widespread and common throughout its large range, the Lesser Bird-of-paradise is evaluated as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. (Ken Chuah)

(Adam Riley / www.rockjumperbirding.com)

Green jays are distributed from S Texas south into Mexico and Central America with a break after which the species reappears in the Andean highlands of South America in Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. (Adam Riley / www.rockjumperbirding.com)

(Felix Reinders / www.felixreinders.com)

White-crested helmetshrikes are found in Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. (Felix Reinders / www.felixreinders.com)

(Owen Deutsch / owendeutsch.com)

Wire-crested thorntails are one of the smallest birds on earth with a mature adult weight of around 2.5 g. (Owen Deutsch / owendeutsch.com)

(Owen Deutsch / owendeutsch.com)

Wire-tailed manakins are found upriver in the W Amazon Basin and the neighboring countries of N Peru, E Ecuador and Colombia, and S and W portions of Venezuela. (Owen Deutsch / owendeutsch.com)

(Vinayak Yardi)

White-cheeked barbet are found throughout S India with their main range along the W Ghats S from the Surat Dangs and associated hills of S India. (Vinayak Yardi)

(Owen Deutsch / owendeutsch.com)

White-bellied antpittas are found in Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru and prefer subtropical or tropical moist montane forests and heavily degraded former forest. (Owen Deutsch / owendeutsch.com)

(Ashish Inamdar)

Purple sunbirds are distributed widely from W Asia through the Indian Subcontinent and into SE Asia. (Ashish Inamdar)

Common hoopoes are widespread in Europe, Asia, and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa and Madagascar. They are monogamous, although the pair bond apparently only lasts for a single season. (Dharuman Nanjan)
(J. Bernardo Sanchez)

Pilated woodpeckers are found in deciduous forests in E North America, the Great Lakes, the boreal forests of Canada, and parts of the Pacific coast. They are the largest woodpecker in the United States. Photographed here in the Everglades (Florida). (J. Bernardo Sanchez)

(Kamal Hari Menon)

Blue-capped rock-thrushes are a summer visitor in parts of Afghanistan and along the Himalayas from Pakistan to Arunachal Pradesh. Photographed here in Bangalore (India). (Kamal Hari Menon)


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