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.

top 25 birds of africa - Top 25 Birds of Africa

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)top 25 birds of africa 1 - Top 25 Birds of AfricaThe African Pygmy-Kingfisher is monogamous, the pair excavates a burrow in a sand bank or in an existing mammal burrow (Marios Mantzourogiannis)top 25 birds of africa 2 - Top 25 Birds of AfricaWhite-faced Ducks tend to breed in temporary wetlands and then move to permanent wetlands to moult over the winter (Shivayogi Kanthi)top 25 birds of africa 3 - Top 25 Birds of AfricaThe 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 Mitratop 25 birds of africa 4 - Top 25 Birds of AfricaA White-bellied Go-Away Bird photographed in Tsavo West, Kenya by Marios Mantzourogiannistop 25 birds of africa 5 - Top 25 Birds of AfricaThe Böhm’s Bee-eater was named after Richard Böhm, a German zoologist. This one was photographed in Liwonde National Park, Malawi by Anthony Robertstop 25 birds of africa 6 - Top 25 Birds of AfricaA trio of Great Cormorants at Lake Naivasha, Kenya (Anindya Dutta)top 25 birds of africa 7 - Top 25 Birds of AfricaGrey Go-away Birds get their name from their call which sounds like ‘go-away’ (Ravishankar Paranthaman)top 25 birds of africa 8 - Top 25 Birds of AfricaThe Hooded Vulture is critically endangered, mainly due to poisoning (Preety Patel)top 25 birds of africa 9 - Top 25 Birds of AfricaThe Lappet-faced Vulture has the largest wing-span of all the vultures in Africa (Wasif Yaqeen)top 25 birds of africa 10 - Top 25 Birds of AfricaThe bright red gular pouch on the neck of the Grey Crowned Crane allows them to produce a deep booming call (Anindya Dutta)top 25 birds of africa 11 - Top 25 Birds of AfricaLilac-breasted Rollers are endemic to Africa and are fairly common in woodland areas (Marios Mantzourogiannis)top 25 birds of africa 12 - Top 25 Birds of AfricaUnlike many swallows, the Lesser Striped Swallow is mostly resident (Anirban Roychowdhury)top 25 birds of africa 13 - Top 25 Birds of AfricaThe Common Ostrich is the largest bird in the world. This one was photographed foraging on the plains of Kenya by Subhamoy Dastop 25 birds of africa 14 - Top 25 Birds of AfricaThe Red-billed Firefinch eats mainly small grass seeds (Goutam Mitra)top 25 birds of africa 15 - Top 25 Birds of AfricaThe Secretary Bird usually hunts on the ground, often in pairs. This pair was photographed in Kruger National Park, South Africa by Ravishankar Paranthamantop 25 birds of africa 16 - Top 25 Birds of AfricaThe male Silvery-cheeked Hornbill has a much larger bill than the female. This shot was taken at Lake Manyara, Tanzania by Edwin Godinhotop 25 birds of africa 17 - Top 25 Birds of AfricaThe Rüppell’s Starling is found only in east Africa. This handsome individual was photographed in Ethiopia by Goutam Mitratop 25 birds of africa 18 - Top 25 Birds of AfricaThe Swainson’s Francolin is native to the savanas of southern Africa, usually near water (Ravishankar Paranthaman)top 25 birds of africa 19 - Top 25 Birds of AfricaA male Common Ostrich against the backdrop of beautiful mopane trees in Kruger National Park, South Africa (Ravishankar Paranthaman)top 25 birds of africa 20 - Top 25 Birds of AfricaWhite-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)top 25 birds of africa 21 - Top 25 Birds of AfricaWhite-headed Mousebirds occur only in east Africa, mainly in Somalia and Kenya (Goutam Mitra)top 25 birds of africa 22 - Top 25 Birds of AfricaFemale Southern Yellow-billed Hornbills seal themselves into their nest cavities, mainly with their own faeces (Anirban Roychowdhury)top 25 birds of africa 23 - Top 25 Birds of AfricaA group of Yellow-billed Storks fly over Lake Manyara, Tanzania (Anindya Dutta)top 25 birds of africa 24 - Top 25 Birds of AfricaThe 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

Help us share!

0/5 (0 Reviews)
HAVE A QUICK QUESTION?

If so simply fill in our quick form and one of our team will contact you a.s.a.p

Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)

Your Message
* Please add as many details as you can.

X
CONTACT US