Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: #Feeding

Having an understanding of what birds eat is important when it comes to having an overall idea of their preferred diets. Every bird has a different dietary preference, and if the preferences are known for different birds then this can be used to your advantage when birding or searching for birds in the wild.

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

A White-throated Kingfisher feeding on a snail kill. Photographed at the Basai Wetlands, Gurgaon Photographed by (Sumit K Sum)

Just like many other warblers, the Ashy Prinia is an insectivorous bird. Photo taken at Karnataka, India (Paneendra BA)

The Asian emerald cuckoo mainly forages in the upper levels of the canopy where it feeds on insects and other small invertebrates, including ants, caterpillars and bugs. Photographed in Penang, Malaysia (Kelvin Low)

Bank Mynas are typically gregarious birds that forage in flocks, breeding colonially and roosting together in trees. Photographed at the Coochbehar outskirts, West Bengal (Prashanta Bhattacharjee)

Cattle Egrets feed on a variety of prey species, particularly insects, especially grasshoppers, crickets and flies. They can also be seen taking moths frogs and earthworms. Photographed at Kota, Rajasthan (Shashi Dushyant)

The Changeable Hawk-eagle is a large bird of prey that can be found in a variety of wooded and semi-open habitats. Here it is seen having a meal in Dudhwa National Park (Deepak Singla)

The Common Hawk-cuckoo is a medium-sized cuckoo resident in the Indian Subcontinent. Photographed at Balurghat, Dakshin Dinajpur, West Bengal, India (Gargi Biswas)

Green Bee-eater photographed at Chandigarh (Anuj Jain)

The Grey Heron is. A predatory wading bird of the heron family native throughout temperate Europe and Asia and also some parts of Africa. This bird feeds on fish, amphibians, small mammals and insects are also taken in shallow water using its long bill. Photographed at in Bhigwan, Maharashtra, India (Kshama G)

The Indian Bush Lark is commonly found in arid areas of southern Asia. It is distinguished from Jerdon’s Bush Lark by its shorter bill and legs and a longer tail. Photo taken at Faridabad, Haryana, India (Hemant Kirola)

Laggar Falcon with a Spiny-tailed Lizard kill. Photographed at Tal Chhapar, Rajasthan, India (Ashok Appu)

Lesser Flamingos are the smallest species of flamingos even though they are tall and large birds by most standards. These birds feed mostly on algae that grow only in very alkaline lakes. Photographed at Little Rann of Kutch, Gujarat, India (Ashok Appu)

The Lesser Whitethroat is the most common and widespread typical warbler which breeds in temperate Europe and in western and central Asia. Photo taken at Jodhpur Rajasthan, India (Renu Kohli)

Orange-headed Thrush in Dhanyakuria, West Bengal, India (Sujit Mondal)

The Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher is a widespread resident bird of lowland forests. It is endemic across much of the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia. The most preferred habitat is small streams found in densely shaded forests. Photographed at Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India (Narayanan Iyer (Naresh Iyer))

The Osprey, also known as the Sea Hawk, River Hawk or Fish Hawk, is a large raptor which tolerates a wide variety of habitats, nesting in any location near a water body. It is piscivorous, with fish making up over 90% of its diet. Photographed at Van Nuys, CA (Henser Villela)

The Red-napped Ibis is sometimes called the Indian Black Ibis or Black Ibis. It is found in the plains of the Indian Subcontinent. It is an omnivorous bird that feeds on carion, insects, frogs and other small invertebrates as well as grain. Photographed at Ahemdabad, Gujrat, India (Reitesh Khabia)

The Red-footed Falcon photographed in Hungary. It is a bird of prey with its diet consisting of a variety of insects, amphibians, retiles, mammals and birds. This bird shares the same distinctive method of hunting with the Common Kestrel. They regularly hover, searching the ground below, then they make short steep dive towards the target (Carlo Galliani)

Ruby-throated Hummingbird photographed in the USA. This hummingbird will feed mostly on flower nectar and will also take tiny insects (Kelly Hunt)

The Sarus Crane is found in the Indian Subcontinent, southeast Asia and Australia. It is the tallest of the flying birds and when foraging, this bird would normally be found in shallow water or in the field probing in mud with its long bill. Photographed in Barabanki UP, India (Prakash Vir Singh)

The Stork-billed Kingfisher is a widely distributed species in the tropical Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia, from India to Indonesia. A typical diet of this tree kingfisher may consist of fish, frogs, crabs, rodents and young birds. Photo taken at Mysore, Karnataka, India (Kshama G)

The American White Pelican Photographed at Van Nuys CA, USA (John LeeWong)

The White-rumped Munia is a resident breeder ranging from the Indian Subcontinent to Southern China east to Taiwan, and through Southeast Asia south to Sumatra. It is native to tropical continental Asia and some adjacent islands. Photographed at Kottayam, Kerala, India (Dr SS Suresh)

White-throated Kingfisher with a Ground Skink. Photographed at Pune, India (Aarti Sachin Soman)

The Indian Silverbill, also known as the White-throated Munia, is a small bird found in the Indian Subcontinent and the adjoining regions. It was formerly considered to include the closely related African Silverbill. This species feeds on the ground on low shrubs and grass stalks. Photographed at Haryana, India (Soumendu Das)

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