Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Colourful Birds

Colors play an important role in our lives and different reactions are shown to different bird colors. All over the world, we see birds with most colourful and incredible plumage. For many years, scientists have known of how feather colour such as red or yellow is achieved. These colours come from pigments in food the birds eat, meaning that they are diet based. One of the challenges in avian colour has been to figure out how other colours (eg. blue) is achieved. Here we present some of the colourful birds for this week.

Thank you to all the photographers that submitted photos of birds with the theme “Colourful Birds”, your pictures can create awareness about the variety and beauty of birds in our environment. Here we present the Top 25 photographs of the week.

The Wire-tailed Swallow is a small swallow with bright blue upper parts, bright white underparts and a chestnut cap. This species is found in open country near water and human habitation. Photographed at Bangalore, India (Kondasamy Dhanapal)


White-throated Kingfisher photographed at Nagpur, India (Ravikumar Dumpala)


The White-throated Kingfisher is also known as the White-breasted Kingfisher. It is widely distributed in Asia. Adults of this species have a bright blue back, wings and tail. The head, shoulders, flanks and lower belly are chestnut, with the throat and breast being white. Photographed at Bhatinda, Punjab (PS Bhandari)


Tickell’s Blue Flycatchers show regional variations in plumage and size. Several of its populations have been designated with subspecies names. Males upper parts are bright blue, the throat and breast are red, and the rest of the underparts are white. Females are duller blue with a brighter blue brow, shoulder, rump and tail . Photographed at Karnataka, India (Pradnya Paralkar)


Stork-billed Kingfisher photographed at Kota, India (Asha Sharma)


The Many-coloured Rush-Tyrant is a small passerine found in South America. It inhabits marshland and reed-beds around lakes and rivers. As the name suggest, this bird has very beautiful plumage. Photographed in Chile (Jorge De La Torre Aninat)


The Shining Honeycreeper is a forest canopy species, but it can also be found in forest edges and secondary growth. Photographed at the Costarican Jungle (Ramesh Aithal)


The Scarlet Macaw is a large red, yellow and blue Central and South American parrot. This species is native to humid evergreen forests of tropical Central and South America. Also, it is sometimes confused with the slightly larger Green-winged Macaw, which has a more distinct red lines in the face and no yellow in the wing. Photographed in Texas, USA (Anupam Kamal)


Rose-ringed Parakeet, also known as the Ring-necked Parakeet, is a medium-sized parrot in the genus Psittacula. It is one of the few parrot species that have successfully adapted to living in disturbed areas. Photographed at Kanpur, India (Jasmeet Singh)


Red-billed Leiothrix photographed at Sattal, Uttarakhand (Aparna Mondal)


Red-billed Leiothrix is generally olive green, and has a yellow throat with orange shading on the breast. Adults have a bring red bill and a dull yellow ring around their eyes. Photographed at Sattal, Uttarakhand, India (Vidya Vijay Kulkarni)


Purple sunbird male in eclipse plumage. Photographed at Uttar Pradesh, India (Ajad Singh)


Purple Sunbirds have relatively short bills, dark and short square ended tails with distinctive sexual dimorphism. Photographed at Burdwan, West Bengal, India (Saptarshi Bhattacharjee)


The Prong-billed Barbet is a relatively large-billed bird native to humid highland forest of Costa Rica and western Panama. This species prefers cool, wet, moss-festooned mountain forest with large trees and adjacent habitat. Photographed in Costa Rica (Nagaraja Arkalgud)


Painted bush Quail photographed at Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu, India (Narayanan Iyer)


The Indian White-eye, also known as the Oriental White-eye, is a species in the white-eye family. It is a small bird with yellowish olive upper parts, a white eye ring, yellow throat and vent. Photographed at Dausa, India (Asha Sharma)


The Indian Pitta is a passerine native to the Indian Subcontinent. It is a small stubby-tailed bird that is mostly seen on the floors of forests or under dense undergrowth, foraging on insects in leaf litter. Photo taken at Haryana, India (Sanjay Garg)


The Indian Blue Robin is similar in size to the Bluethroat. Adult males have blue underparts and rufous underparts. This species also has a white supercilium contrasts with a black mask that continues down the neck. Photographed at Kerala, India (Pradnya Paralkar)


The Great Barbet is an Asian barbet native to the Indian Subcontinent and southeast Asia. It has a blue head, large yellow bill, brown and green-streaked body. Photographed at Sattal, Uttarakhand (Krishna Kumari)


Fire-breasted Flowerpecker photographed at Mukku Farm, Mukkumath, Uttarakhand, India (Bhavesh Rathod)


The Fire-tailed Myzornis is a small warbler species. This bird has bright green plumage with black mask around the eyes and black scalloping on the crown. The wings appear to be black with a streak of bright red and the sides of the tail are red. Photo taken at the Darjeeling Hills, West Bengal, India (Subrato Sanyal)


The Crimson Sunbird is a tiny bird. Adult male has a crimson breast and the back is maroon, while females have an olive-green back, yellowish breast and white tips to the outer tail feathers. Photographed at Chopta, Uttarakhand (Partha Das)


The Common Rosefinch is the most widespread and common rosefinch found in Asia and Europe. Males have a rosy-carmine head, breast and rump, Females and young males are dull-coloured with yellowish-brown above, brighter on the rump and greyer on head. Photographed at the Murlen National park, Mizoram, India (Amit Kumar Bal)


The Blue-capped Rock Thrush is an Old World flycatcher which breeds in the foothills of the Himalayas and winters in the hill forests of southern India. Males have a blue head, chin and throat. The upper parts are also blue with some black. Females are more brown with brown and white underparts. Photographed in India (Maya Patil)


The Black-rumped Flameback has a typical woodpecker shape, with distinctive golden yellow wing coverts. Photographed at Kharagpur, West Bengal, India (Gargi Biswas)


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Edited by Abigail Ramudzuli, Campaign Manager