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Streaked laughingthrushes range across the northern part sof the Indian subcontinent in Afghanistan, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia and Tajikistan. (Virag Sharma)
Steppe eagles breed in Romania all the way E through S Russia and the central Asian steppes and Mongolia, wintering in India and Africa. Photographed here in India. (Pratik Humnabadkar)
Spot-billed ducks or “spotbills” are resident breeders in the S part of its range from Pakistan and India all the way to S Japan with the N subspecies wintering in SE Asia. Photographed here in Rajkot, Gujarat (India). (Satyam Dave)
Snowy owls nest in the Arctic tundra of the northernmost stretches of Alaska, Canada and Eurasia, wintering S through Canada and N Eurasia with irruptions occurring further south in some years due to extreme cold. Photographed here at Lake Michigan (USA). (Peter Chromik)
Siberian stonechats are distributed throughout most of temperate Asia from about latitude 71°N in Siberia S to the Himalaya and SW China, as well as W to E Turkey, the Caspian Sea, and the far NE of Europe (mainly in Russia). (Mainak Das)
Robin accentors are found in Bhutan, China, India, Nepal, and Pakistan. (Subhajit Chaudhuri)
Lesser-striped swallows breed across much of sub-Saharan Africa from Sierra Leone and southern Sudan south into eastern South Africa. Photographed here in South Africa. (John Vosloo)
Marvellous spatuletails are endemic to Peru asnd considered Endangered due to ongoing habitat loss, small population size, and limited range. (Dubi Shapiro / ABCbirds.org)
Long-legged buzzards are distributed dry open plains of northern Africa, southeastern Europe, west and central Asia east to China, and across central India. (Faiz Rehman)
Painted spurfowls are found in the rocky hills and scrub forests of peninsular India. (Subrato Sanyal)
Cape parrots are endemic to South Africa where they are restricted to a long archipeligo of isolated Afromontane forest patches degraded by logging. (Rodnick Biljon)
Purple swamphen prefer marshes and wetlands in S Europe, Africa, S Asia and Australasia. (Kallol Mukherjee)
Great white pelicans breed in swamps and shallow lakes from SE Europe through to Asia and Africa. Photographed here in Rajkot, Gujarat (India). (Satyam Dave)
Common Iora are found in scrub and low forest across the tropical Indian subcontinent. (Firoz Al Sabah)
European bee-eaters breed in S Europe and parts of N Africa and W Asia, migrating S to winter in tropical Africa, India and Sri Lanka. (Rich Lindie / www.rockjumper.co.za)
Crimson-collared tanagers prefer the edges of humid evergreen forests and second growth of S Veracruz and N Oaxaca in Mexico all the way across to the highlands of W Panama. Photographed here in Costa Rica. (Tyohar Wildlife Photography)
Collared pratincoles are found in the warmer parts of Europe, SW Asia and Africa, migrating to tropical Africa during winter. (Phinda Daryl Dell)
Bronze-winged jacanas breed in India and southeast Asia. (Kallol Mukherjee)
White-spotted fantails are found in forest, scrub and cultivated lands in S and central India. Photographed here in Bangalore (India). (Sathish Poojari)
White-throated kingfishers widely distributed in Eurasia from Bulgaria, Turkey, West Asia east through the Indian subcontinent to the Philippines. (Rich Lindie / www.rockjumper.co.za)
Willow tits are widespread and common resident breeders throughout temperate and subarctic Europe and N Asia. Photographed here in Finland. (Arsi Ikonen)
Barn swallows breed across most of the N Hemisphere, migrating to much of the S Hemisphere as far south as central Argentina, South Africa and N Australia. (Kallol Mukherjee)
Black-hooded parakeet or “Nanday parakeet” are indigenous to South America from SE Bolivia to SW Brazil, central Paraguay and N Argentina. Photographed here in the Pantanal. (Owen Deutsch)
Blue-capped rock thrushes breed in the foothills of the Himalayas and winters in the hill forests of southern India. (Rahul Deshpande)
White-eyed buzzards are widely distributed in S Asia throughout India in the open plains, extending all the way up to 1000m in the Himalaya foothills, and are resident in Iran, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Myanmar. (Tanuku Manohar)
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