Top 25 Birds of Africa

Africa is home to some 2341 bird species, 67% of which are endemic to the continent. We were overwhelmed by the number of photographs submitted this week! It seems that many have been enchanted by Africa’s amazing birdlife. As Rudyard Kipling said: “One cannot resist the lure of Africa.” We invite you to join us on an adventure to explore the amazing birdlife of Africa. Here we present 25 of the best photographs presented for this week’s theme. Next week we explore the birds of Australia. If you would like to submit photographs to be considered simply upload them to our Facebook page with species, location, photographer and #birdsofaustralia as the caption.

African Fish Eagles are usually found along large still or flowing water bodies. If waterbodies dry up they may remain and feed on birds and carcasses (Muhammad Asif Sherzai)The African Pygmy-Kingfisher is monogamous, the pair excavates a burrow in a sand bank or in an existing mammal burrow (Marios Mantzourogiannis)White-faced Ducks tend to breed in temporary wetlands and then move to permanent wetlands to moult over the winter (Shivayogi Kanthi)The Eurasian Golden Oriole breeds in Eurasia and then spends the winter in sub-Saharan Africa and India. This Oriole was photographed in Ethiopia by Goutam MitraA White-bellied Go-Away Bird photographed in Tsavo West, Kenya by Marios MantzourogiannisThe Böhm’s Bee-eater was named after Richard Böhm, a German zoologist. This one was photographed in Liwonde National Park, Malawi by Anthony RobertsA trio of Great Cormorants at Lake Naivasha, Kenya (Anindya Dutta)Grey Go-away Birds get their name from their call which sounds like ‘go-away’ (Ravishankar Paranthaman)The Hooded Vulture is critically endangered, mainly due to poisoning (Preety Patel)The Lappet-faced Vulture has the largest wing-span of all the vultures in Africa (Wasif Yaqeen)The bright red gular pouch on the neck of the Grey Crowned Crane allows them to produce a deep booming call (Anindya Dutta)Lilac-breasted Rollers are endemic to Africa and are fairly common in woodland areas (Marios Mantzourogiannis)Unlike many swallows, the Lesser Striped Swallow is mostly resident (Anirban Roychowdhury)The Common Ostrich is the largest bird in the world. This one was photographed foraging on the plains of Kenya by Subhamoy DasThe Red-billed Firefinch eats mainly small grass seeds (Goutam Mitra)The Secretary Bird usually hunts on the ground, often in pairs. This pair was photographed in Kruger National Park, South Africa by Ravishankar ParanthamanThe male Silvery-cheeked Hornbill has a much larger bill than the female. This shot was taken at Lake Manyara, Tanzania by Edwin GodinhoThe Rüppell’s Starling is found only in east Africa. This handsome individual was photographed in Ethiopia by Goutam MitraThe Swainson’s Francolin is native to the savanas of southern Africa, usually near water (Ravishankar Paranthaman)A male Common Ostrich against the backdrop of beautiful mopane trees in Kruger National Park, South Africa (Ravishankar Paranthaman)White-fronted Bee-eaters hunt from perches, they have been recorded taking 300 swoops in one day with success rates of between 50% and 70% (Judi Fenson)White-headed Mousebirds occur only in east Africa, mainly in Somalia and Kenya (Goutam Mitra)Female Southern Yellow-billed Hornbills seal themselves into their nest cavities, mainly with their own faeces (Anirban Roychowdhury)A group of Yellow-billed Storks fly over Lake Manyara, Tanzania (Anindya Dutta)The population of Yellow-billed Oxpeckers declined due to reducing game numbers and toxic dips used on cattle. However the re-introduction of oxpeckers and oxpecker friendly dips has allowed the population to recover somewhat (Marios Mantzourogiannis)

Our mission is to build a global community around the freedom and beauty of birds in the wild as ambassadors for the natural ecosystems that they depend upon. They are the music, decoration, and character of every terrestrial habitat on the planet and have been around since the dinosaurs. They are the witnesses and ambassadors of the awesome power of nature. The wide availability of good, cheap optics has opened their world to us for the last few decades. Amazing, affordable DSLR cameras with long lenses are delivering brilliant digital bird imagery to online communities.

We are in a day-and-age during which more bird species are threatened with extinction than ever before. The Wild Birds! Revolution aims to publish the “Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week” to 1 million people every week by the end of the year. That is a revolution that will change the world! Join thousands of other weekend naturalists, photographers, birders, experts, hikers, nature-lovers, guides, scientists, conservationists and artists that share the thousands of wild bird photographs submitted to the Wild Bird Trust website and Facebook page. Thousands of wild bird enthusiasts are going out every day to photograph our planet’s beautiful birdlife. Pick up your camera, fill your bird feeder, open your heart, and join the Wild Birds! Revolution!!

Edited by Christie Craig, Campaign Manager

Top 25 Birds of Europe

Originally posted 2018-06-15 22:30:19.

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: March

Many bird species worldwide have been able to adapt to changing environments and habitats, thriving close to human settlements, many other species however have not been able to adapt. Those unable to adapt are negatively affected by habitat loss and fragmentation, loss of food resources, and changing environmental conditions.

Thank you to all the photographers that submitted photos of birds, your pictures can create awareness about bird life and diversity. Here we present the Top 25 photographs of birds from this week’s theme.

Ashy drongos are distributed across South and Southeast Asia, photographed here in Dandeli, India (Prasanna Bhat)Burrowing owls are found in North and South America, they use open landscapes, and in parts of South America where deforestation occurs they are expanding their range (Sue Liberto)Beautiful photograph of a common stonechat in Nagpur, Maharashtra India (Dr. Pavan Puri)The ruby-topaz hummingbird feeds on nectar and small insects, the males defend their territories aggressively, they are found in gardens and cultivations in the Lesser Antilles and tropical northern South America (Michiel Oversteegen)Himalayan Monal in the snow photographed in Chopta, Uttarakhand, India (Asim Haldar)Brown pelicans can be found on the Atlantic, Gulf, and Pacific coasts in the Americas where they are resident, some populations in the northern areas of their range do migrate to some extent (Leslie Reagan)Common green magpies are found in the lower Himalayas in north eastern India, central Thailand, Malaysia, Sumatra, and northwestern Borneo (Dr. Sanjay Solanki)Green heron performing a mating dance in the Central Florida birding trail, USA (Agnish Dey)Indian spotted eagles are found in Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, and Nepal, they use tropical and subtropical dry forest habitats, as well as plantations and arable land (Harshil Sharma)Oriental darters can be found in freshwater lakes and streams in tropical South Asia, and Southeast Asia (Mrinal Sen)The greater racket-tailed drongo breeds in the western Himalayas to the eastern Himalayas, its calls include imitations of other bird calls (Rahul Deshpande)American Oystercatcher foraging for mussels on the pilings of a pier at low tide off the coast of New Jersey, USA (Kelly Hunt)Chilean flickers are found in Argentina and Chile in temperate forests, photographed here in Araucanía Region, Chile (Franco Elgueta Rivera)Common kingfisher photographed in Sattal, India (Ashish Singh)Secretary birds are endemic to Africa in the grasslands and savannas of the sub-Saharan region, they are listed as vulnerable by the IUCN due to disturbance by humans, and burning of grasslands which decreases their prey populations (Christopher Ciccone)Great crested grebes performing a courtship dance in West Sussex, UK (Edwin Godinho)Spotted owlets breed in tropical Asia, in areas where they nest close to human habitation there is sometimes an increase in breeding success due to increased availability of rodents (Sahasrangshu Choudhury)Razorbills live in the subarctic waters of the Atlantic Ocean and are the closest living relative of the great auk. Photographed here in Maine, USA (Anne Harlan)Sharp-shinned hawks survive the harsh winters by visiting homes with multiple bird feeders, photographed here in Republic, Washington, USA (Jola Charlton)Indian paradise flycatchers are native to Asia, but have a wide distribution normally found in thick forests, in winter they spend their time in tropical Asia (Naresh Nani)Spotted wood owl photographed in Singapore (Lilian Sng)Grey-headed canary flycatchers are found in tropical Asia, they use forest habitats and feed on insects, during the non-breeding season they can be found in abandoned plantations and overgrown gardens (Vidjit Vijaysanker)Allen’s hummingbird photographed in Huntington Beach, California, USA (Barbara Wallace)Rose ringed parakeets are native to South Asia and Africa and have been introduced into other areas, in some of these introduced areas they have become invasive often competing for nesting sites with native cavity nesting birds (Vishesh Kamboj)Oriental turtle doves have a wide distribution, they are found in Europe to Japan in well wooded open habitats (Deepak Singla)

Our mission is to build a global community around the freedom and beauty of birds in the wild as ambassadors for the natural ecosystems that they depend upon. They are the music, decoration, and character of every terrestrial habitat on the planet and have been around since the dinosaurs. They are the witnesses and ambassadors of the awesome power of nature. The wide availability of good, cheap optics has opened their world to us for the last few decades. Amazing, affordable DSLR cameras with long lenses are delivering brilliant digital bird imagery to online communities.

We are in a day-and-age during which more bird species are threatened with extinction than ever before. The Wild Birds! Revolution aims to publish the “Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week” to 1 million people every week by the end of the year. That is a revolution that will change the world! Join thousands of other weekend naturalists, photographers, birders, experts, hikers, nature-lovers, guides, scientists, conservationists and artists that share the thousands of wild bird photographs submitted to the Wild Bird Trust website and Facebook page. Thousands of wild bird enthusiasts are going out every day to photograph our planet’s beautiful birdlife. Pick up your camera, fill your bird feeder, open your heart, and join the Wild Birds! Revolution!!

Edited by Laurie Johnson, Campaign Manager

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Migration

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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: November

2018 is year of the bird, a project launched by National Geographic with the aim of increasing awareness about birds and the threats they face. This year is 100 years since the Migratory Bird Treaty Act was passed, which brought with it increased protection for many bird species. It has also been 100 years since National Geographic magazine published an article that implored sportsmen to trade their rifles for cameras, and to shoot birds through the camera lens instead. This switch, combined with improving technology, and easier access to cameras over the last century has made bird photography more accessible, and has provided new opportunities for bird research and conservation.

Thank you to all the photographers that submitted photos of birds and aspects of their life, your pictures can create awareness about the beauty and diversity of birds worldwide. Here we present the Top 25 photographs of birds and aspects of their life submitted in November.

Great white pelicans fish in the morning and then spend the rest of the day preening and bathing (Rhonda Lane)Mountain bluebird in Republic, Washington, USA (Jola Charlton)Imperial green pigeons are found in forests of tropical southern Asia, they feed on plant materials in tree canopies (Ramesh Aithal)Black kite preening its tail feathers in New Delhi, India (Vivek Sharma)Black-necked storks make use of wetland habitats in South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Oceania, they are listed as near threatened due to threats of drainage, agriculture encroachment, and tree felling within their habitats (Anuj Pokhiryal)Osprey with fish in West Bengal, India (Sandipan Ghosh)Snow geese in Victoriaville, Quebec, Canada, preparing for the fall migration (Tony Campbell)Oriental skylarks are found in southern, central, and eastern Asia, the male breeding display involves flying up into the sky, where he will flutter and sing, and then rapidly descend back to the ground (Manoj Nair)Grey-hooded warbler, photographed in Sattal, Uttarakhand, India (Deepak Singla)Common kingfisher in Rajasthan India. Kingfishers are able to use each eye separately to be able to better spot prey, this is known as monocular vision, while underwater they use both eyes together for binocular vision (Nishant Rana)Eurasian spoonbill flying in Pune, Maharashtra, India (Anvita Paranjpe)Common cranes in India; this species is one of four crane species that are currently not threatened with extinction (Vijay Singh Chandel)Himalayan bulbul showing off its beauty (Hitesh Cahwla)Western marsh harriers are found in Britain, Europe, the Middle East, Central and northern Asia, and some parts of Africa where they make use of wetland habitats (Brij Kishore)Western reef egrets after a territorial fight in Mulky, Karnataka, India (Praveen K Bhat)Wood sandpipers breed in subarctic wetlands across Europe and Asia, they migrate to Africa, Southern Asia, and Australia. They are protected by the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (Nishith Dwivedi)Little owl stretching in Ankara, Turkey (Halit Uzun)Intermediate egrets performing a courtship display in Saltanapur, Haryana, India (Sanjay Solanki)Rufous treepies are native to the Indian subcontinent, they feed on seeds, fruits, invertebrates, small reptiles, and bird eggs and young. They hide their food stores to be eaten later (Subhamoy Das)Greater racket-tailed drongo showing its long tail feathers (Indranil Bhattacharjee)Mandarin ducks are found in East Asia, in the 20th century in Great Britain a large feral population became established from individuals that had escaped collections (Edwin Godinho)Common cuckoo with food in Bangalore, Karnataka, India (Naresh Nani)Portrait of a Malabar grey hornbill, this bird is endemic to the Western Ghats of India and can be found in dense forest habitats (Amit Prasad)Black-winged kites are found in most of sub-Saharan Africa, coastal regions of north-eastern Africa, India, and Sri Lanka, they make use of savanna, grassland, and rocky area habitats (Kishore Bakshi)Blue jays are native to North America, their diet consists of nuts and seeds, soft fruits, and arthropods (Kelly Hunt)

Our mission is to build a global community around the freedom and beauty of birds in the wild as ambassadors for the natural ecosystems that they depend upon. They are the music, decoration, and character of every terrestrial habitat on the planet and have been around since the dinosaurs. They are the witnesses and ambassadors of the awesome power of nature. The wide availability of good, cheap optics has opened their world to us for the last few decades. Amazing, affordable DSLR cameras with long lenses are delivering brilliant digital bird imagery to online communities.

We are in a day-and-age during which more bird species are threatened with extinction than ever before. The Wild Birds! Revolution aims to publish the “Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week” to 1 million people every week by the end of the year. That is a revolution that will change the world! Join thousands of other weekend naturalists, photographers, birders, experts, hikers, nature-lovers, guides, scientists, conservationists and artists that share the thousands of wild bird photographs submitted to the Wild Bird Trust website and Facebook page. Thousands of wild bird enthusiasts are going out every day to photograph our planet’s beautiful birdlife. Pick up your camera, fill your bird feeder, open your heart, and join the Wild Birds! Revolution!!

Edited by Laurie Johnson, Campaign Manager

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Flocks

Originally posted 2018-11-16 18:11:20.

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Migration

In the Northern Hemisphere spring is underway and migratory species will be returning to warmer climates to begin breeding in areas where there is more food available.

Thank you to all the photographers that submitted photos of migratory birds, your pictures can create awareness about the variety of birds that migrate. Here we present the Top 25 photographs of migratory birds.

Common kingfishers have a wide distribution across Eurasia and North Africa, tropical populations can be found by rivers and where the rivers freeze over winter these populations will migrate (Lil’tography Lilian Sng)Greater flamingos have a wide distribution, those that breed in Asia migrate to warmer climates over winter (Vishwas Thakker)Indian paradise flycatcher s are found in the Indian Subcontinent, they overwinter in Tropical Asia, but some populations are not migratory (Dr. SS Suresh)Lesser whistling ducks taking off in West Bengal, India (Firdousi Ahmed)The Himalayan bluetail is found in the Himalayas, it is an altitudinal migrant normally found at 3000 – 4000 m, and during winter at 1500 – 2500 m (Siddhartha Mukherjee)Dalmatian pelican flying over the water in Mithapur, Gujarat, India (Chirag Parmar)Bar-headed geese breed in Central Asia near mountain lakes and winter in South Asia, they have fly at high altitudes to get through mountain passes during their migration (Dr. Pavan Puri)The Eurasian marsh harrier is a wide spread winter visitor to India photographed in Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, India (Deepak Singla)Indigo bunting photographed in Louisiana, USA (Rhonda Lane)The common shelduck breeds in temperate Eurasia and migrates to subtropical areas in winter (Avijit Dutta)Black-tailed godwits breed from Iceland through Europe and some parts of central Asia, they winter in the Indian Subcontinent, Australia, New Zealand, western Europe, and West Africa (Kishore Bakshi)Montagu’s harrier is a winter migrant to the Indian Subcontinent (Shrikanth N Hegde)Black bazas are found in forests of Northeast India, eastern Himalayas, China, and southeast Asia, in some parts of their range they are migratory and travel in large numbers (Senthil Kumar Damodaran)Sandhill cranes are found in North America and extreme north-eastern Siberia, when they migrate they form large groups which forage and roost together (Leslie Reagan)Ruffs breed in northern Eurasia, they winter in southern and western Europe, Africa, southern Asia, and Australia, and flock in their thousands during migration (Aman Sharma)Pied kingfishers are widely distributed across Africa and Asia and they make short distance seasonal movements within their range (Vishesh Kamboj)Inca Terns breed in Peru and Chile on rocky cliffs; photographed in Concon, Chile (Jorge De La Torre Aninat)Painted buntings are part of the cardinal family and are found in North America, they winter in South Florida, Cuba, the Bahamas, along both coasts of Mexico, and Central America (Agnish Dey)Pallas’s gulls breed from southern Russia to Mongolia and winter in the eastern Mediterranean, Arabia and India (Edwin Godinho)Great white pelicans breed from southeastern Europe, through Asia and Africa; the populations breeding in the Palearctic regions are migrants while those in Africa are resident (Chinmaya Kumar Barik)Snow geese breed n Greenland, Canada, Alaska, and the north-eastern tip of Siberia, and they winter in the warm part of North America (Kelly Hunt)Calliope hummingbirds are native to the United States and Canada where they breed, and in winter they can be found in the deserts and semi-desert regions of Central America (Jola Charlton)Pied harrier photographed In Baruipur, West Bengal, India (Ratul Das)The common hawk-cuckoo is resident in the Indian Subcontinent, some birds winter in Sri Lanka, they are brood parasites of babblers and laughing thrushes (Panthera Tigris)Verditer flycatcher photographed in Sattal, Uttarakhand, India (Dr. Sanjay Solanki)

Our mission is to build a global community around the freedom and beauty of birds in the wild as ambassadors for the natural ecosystems that they depend upon. They are the music, decoration, and character of every terrestrial habitat on the planet and have been around since the dinosaurs. They are the witnesses and ambassadors of the awesome power of nature. The wide availability of good, cheap optics has opened their world to us for the last few decades. Amazing, affordable DSLR cameras with long lenses are delivering brilliant digital bird imagery to online communities.

We are in a day-and-age during which more bird species are threatened with extinction than ever before. The Wild Birds! Revolution aims to publish the “Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week” to 1 million people every week by the end of the year. That is a revolution that will change the world! Join thousands of other weekend naturalists, photographers, birders, experts, hikers, nature-lovers, guides, scientists, conservationists and artists that share the thousands of wild bird photographs submitted to the Wild Bird Trust website and Facebook page. Thousands of wild bird enthusiasts are going out every day to photograph our planet’s beautiful birdlife. Pick up your camera, fill your bird feeder, open your heart, and join the Wild Birds! Revolution!!

Edited by Laurie Johnson, Campaign Manager

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Interactions

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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Flocks

Birds will often form aggregations known as flocks when they feed, or fly. The benefit of doing activities as part of a flock is that multiple birds can lookout for danger while others forage or fly. Many species will also congregate to form mixed flocks that forage together, this may benefit solitary species that do not live in flocks by providing group protection.

Thank you to all the photographers that submitted photos of flocks, your pictures can create awareness about the diversity and beauty of birds that form flocks. Here we present the Top 25 photographs of flocks.

Greater flamingos feed together in flocks, also called a stand, they also live together in large colonies (Sanjay Solanki)Kentish plovers are ground nesting birds, they nest in loose colonies or solitarily, and forage in small, loose flocks (Vishal Monakar)The collective name for a group of owls is called a parliament, as seen here grouped together in Maharashtra, India (Indranil Bhattacharjee)Sanderlings and western sandpipers, sanderlings form large flocks in winter, photographed in New Jersey, USA (Melissa Penta)Indian silverbills are found in the Indian subcontinent, they form large flocks that feed together in open scrubs and cultivated land (Anirban Roychowdhury)Bar-headed geese can fly to altitudes of up to 10 000 metres to migrate over the Himalayas, here seen flying in Najafgarh wetlands, New Delhi, India (Aman Sharma)Eurasian and Himalayan vultures feed from carcasses in small groups, Himalayan vultures nest in small colonies, while Eurasian vultures do not form colonies to nest. A mixed flock photographed in Rajasthan, India (Praveen K Bhat)Mixed gull flock in Mithapur, Gujarat, India (Chirag Parmar)Cattle egrets are found in the tropics, subtropics, and warm temperate zones, some populations are migratory, they nest in colonies sometimes with other wetland birds (Gargi Biswas)Black-winged stilts have a wide distribution, with some populations being migratory. they nest in small groups (Amrik Singh)Black-tailed godwits in Punjab, Pakistan (Tauseef Zafar)Large flock of ruff in Dhanauri , Uttar Pradesh, India (Harish Chopra)Spot-billed pelicans nest in small colonies, they also feed and forage in small flocks or singly (Kishore Bakshi)Marbled godwit and willets forming a mixed flock in Florida, USA (J Bernardo Sanchez)Lesser whistling ducks breed in the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia, they form large flocks to feed, here flying in a flock in Punjab, India (Gur Simrat Singh)Black-tailed godwits nest in loose colonies, they breed from Iceland to Russia, and will migrate in flocks to western Europe, Africa, south Asia, and Australia (Nishant Rana)Demoiselle cranes are found in central Eurasia, they migrate in large flocks to their winter areas, and are social when feeding and sleeping (Siddhartha Mukherjee)Common egrets perched on a dead tree in Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India, these birds breed in colonies and are distributed in temperate and tropical habitats worldwide (Mukund Kumar)Rosy starlings are highly social and form large flocks, these flocks are sometimes a pest for farmers that grow cereal crops, but can also be helpful when they feed on insect pests such as locusts (Radhakrishnan Sadasivam)Sarus cranes flying together, they form flocks to feed (Ashok Appu)Pied avocet reflections at Faridkot, Punjab, India, they nest in small groups (Gagan Bedi)Brown-headed gulls flying overhead in a flock in Yamuna Bank, New Delhi, India (Kumar Kumud Gangesh)Great white pelicans preening in Louisiana, USA, these birds are highly social and form in large flocks (Rhonda Lane)Lesser flamingos flying in a flock in Jamnagar, Gujarat, India (Vishwas Thakker)Spotted Owlets huddling together to beat the winter chill in Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, India (Deepak Singla)

Our mission is to build a global community around the freedom and beauty of birds in the wild as ambassadors for the natural ecosystems that they depend upon. They are the music, decoration, and character of every terrestrial habitat on the planet and have been around since the dinosaurs. They are the witnesses and ambassadors of the awesome power of nature. The wide availability of good, cheap optics has opened their world to us for the last few decades. Amazing, affordable DSLR cameras with long lenses are delivering brilliant digital bird imagery to online communities.

We are in a day-and-age during which more bird species are threatened with extinction than ever before. The Wild Birds! Revolution aims to publish the “Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week” to 1 million people every week by the end of the year. That is a revolution that will change the world! Join thousands of other weekend naturalists, photographers, birders, experts, hikers, nature-lovers, guides, scientists, conservationists and artists that share the thousands of wild bird photographs submitted to the Wild Bird Trust website and Facebook page. Thousands of wild bird enthusiasts are going out every day to photograph our planet’s beautiful birdlife. Pick up your camera, fill your bird feeder, open your heart, and join the Wild Birds! Revolution!!

Edited by Laurie Johnson, Campaign Manager

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Seed Eating Birds

Originally posted 2018-11-09 19:51:07.

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