Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: February 2020

Thank you to all the photographers that submitted photos of birds with the theme February, 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 Blue-tailed Bee-eater is a near passerine bird that breeds in southeast Asia. This bird is strongly migratory, seen seasonally in much of the peninsular India. Photographed in Penang, Malaysia (Kevin Low)

 

The Blue-throated Blue Flycatcher is found in thicker forests than other flycatcher species. This bird is found in much of the Indian Subcontinent, all through the Himalayas, the plains and western Ghats of India during the cold months, and it also extends eastwards into Bangladesh, and to Arakan and the Tenasserim Hills in Myanmar. Photo taken in Kerala, India (Pradnya Paralkar)

 

The Brown Pelican. This is a North American bird of the pelican family, Pelecanidae. It is found on the Atlantic Coast from Nova Scotia to the mouth of the Amazon River, and along the Pacific Coast from British Columbia to northern Chile, including the Galapagos Islands. Photographed in Malibu CA, USA (John LeeWong)

 

Eurasian Hoopoes is mainly found in bare or light vegetated ground, where they forage. The habitat also needs to be vertical with cavities in which they nest. Photographed at the Japanese Park, Delhi, India (Kartik)

 

The European Goldfinch is sometimes just called the Goldfinch. It a native species to Europe, North Africa and western and central Asia. This bird prefers open, partially wooded lowlands and is a resident in the milder west of its range, but migrates from colder regions. Photographed in Sattal, India (Feroze Hossain)

 

Fulvous-breasted Woodpecker photographed at Bojnagar, Himachal, India (Sandeep Beas)

 

The Great Hornbill is also known as the Concave-casques Hornbill, Great Indian Hornbill or the Great Pied Hornbill. This hornbill is found in the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia. Members of this species are usually seen in small groups, with larger groups sometimes aggregating at fruit trees. Photo taken at Nelliampathy, Kerala, India (Dr SS Suresh)

 

Green Bee-eater photographed at Hubballi, Karnataka, India (Basawant Annigeri)

 

The Grey-sided Thrush is a migratory species that breeds in the mountains of north-east China and migrating to subtropical or tropical moist montane forest in India, and Indochina. This photograph was taken at Genting Highlands, in Malaysia (Charith Fernando)

 

The Indian Blackbird is a member of the thrush family, Turdidae. This bird is only found in India and Sri Lanka. Photographed in Mumbai, India (Inesh Nair)

 

Lesser Flamingos are found in sub-Saharan Africa, with another population found in India. Some individuals of this species are occasionally reported from further north, but these are generally considered vagrants. Photo taken at Jamnagar, Gujarat (Vishwas Thakker)

 

Lesser Whistling Duck. Photographed at Faridkot, Punjab, India (Asheem Kumar)

 

The Malabar Grey Hornbill is endemic to the Western Ghats and associated hills of southern India. This hornbill has a large beak but lack the casque that is prominent in some other hornbill species. Individuals of this species are normally found in small groups in habitats with good tree cover. Photographed at Kerala, India (Pradnya Paralkar)

 

The Orange-headed Thrush is a common bird in well-wooded areas of the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia. Most of its populations are resident. It is also a shy, secretive bird that is usually found alone or in pairs. Photographed in Mumbai, India (Binesh Nair)

 

The Peregrine Falcon was formerly known as the Duck Hawk in North America. It is a widespread bird of prey in the family Falconidae. This bird can be found nearly everywhere on earth, except extreme polar regions, very high mountains, and most tropical rainforests. Photographed in San Pedro CA, USA (John LeeWong)

 

Red Munia, also known as the Red Avadavat, is a sparrow-sized bird found in open fields and grasslands of tropical Asia. This finch is usually seen in small flocks, flying with rapid wingbeats and descending into grass clumps where they are hard to observe. This photo was taken at the Dhanauri Wetlands, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh (Sibananda Bhanja)

 

Red-naped Ibis photographed at Bilaspur, Himachal Pradesh (Gagan Bedi)

 

The Red-bearded Bee-eater is a large species of bee-eaters found in the Indo-Malayam sub-region of South-east Asia. Like other bee-eaters, it nests in burrows tunneled into the side of sandy banks, but they do not form colonies. Photographed at Perak, in Malaysia (Kelvin Low)

 

Brown Pelican photographed at Lake Charles, in Louisiana (Rhonda Lane)

 

Short-eared Owl photographed at Chennai, Tamilnadu, India (Karthik Sriraman)

 

The Stork-billed Kingfisher is a very large kingfisher, measuring about 35 cm in length. Members of this species live in a variety of well-wooded habitats near lakes, rivers or coasts. Photo taken at Asansol, West Bengal, India (Ajoy Kumar Dawn)

 

The Streak-throated Woodpecker is found in the Indian Subcontinent. It is a medium-sized green woodpecker with streaked throat and scaly whitish underparts Green above with yellowish rump, white supercilia and white and black moustache. Crown red in male, blackish in female. Tail dark and plain. Small, dark bill. Photographed at Kerala, India (Pradnya Paralkar)

 

The Green Bee-eater is a resident bird but also prone to seasonal movements. It is found widely distributed across sub-Saharan Africa from Senegal and the Gambia to Ethiopia, the Nile valley, western Arabia and Asia through India to Vietnam. Photo taken at West Bengal, India (Aparajita Dutta)

 

The White-breasted Kingfisher, also known as the White-throated Kingfisher, is a widely distributed tree kingfisher in Asia from the Sinai east through the Indian Subcontinent to the Philippines. This bird is a resident through much of its range, although some populations may make short distance movements. Photographed at Kerala, India (Pradnya Paralkar)

 

White-cheeked Barbet photographed at Thattekad, Kerala, India (Gargi Biswas)

 

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