Wild Bird Trust presents the Top 25 Endemic Wild Birds. Endemism refers to birds that occur only in a region or country. Sometimes endemism refers to a habitat type but often it refers to country demarcations. This is essentially a human definition then and may not mean much to the birds itself. However endemic birds are often threatened as their range is limited. Here we present birds limited to small islands such as those in the Galapagos, unique habitat types like the fynbos of South Africa or large countries such as the USA.  We hope you enjoy this week’s selection. If you would like to submit to a Top 25 theme, simply upload your image to our Facebook page with species, location and photographer as the caption.

top 25 endemic wild birds - Top 25 Endemic Wild BirdsThis unusual looking bird is a Hispaniolan Lizard-cuckoo,
endemic to the Hispaniola islands. They are a species of cuckoo that does not parasitise other birds nests. (Edwin Godinho)top 25 endemic wild birds 1 - Top 25 Endemic Wild BirdsThe Española Cactus Finch is endemic in the true sense of word, only being found on Española Island in the Galapagos. They are found around prickly pear cacti which they feed on (Melissa Penta)top 25 endemic wild birds 2 - Top 25 Endemic Wild BirdsA vibrant male Malabar Trogon, an Indian endemic (Shivayogi Kanthi)top 25 endemic wild birds 3 - Top 25 Endemic Wild BirdsThe Purple-rumped Sunbird is near endemic to India, they are also found in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Myanmar (Vipul Trivedi)top 25 endemic wild birds 4 - Top 25 Endemic Wild BirdsThe Australian Gannet breeds only on the New Zealand coast and the south coast of Australia. They nest on the ground on a mound of seaweed and grass (Deepak Panchal)top 25 endemic wild birds 5 - Top 25 Endemic Wild BirdsThe Black and Orange Flycatcher has a highly localised distribution, found only in the western Ghats of India, a region renowned for its bird diversity (Sneha Shekhawat)top 25 endemic wild birds 6 - Top 25 Endemic Wild BirdsThis Javan Banded Pitta can only be found in Java (Arun Samak)top 25 endemic wild birds 7 - Top 25 Endemic Wild BirdsThis Malabar Lark, an Indian endemic, prefers dry open habitats (Atanu Chakraborty)top 25 endemic wild birds 8 - Top 25 Endemic Wild BirdsThis Nilgiri Thrush, a sub species of the White’s Thrush, is endemic to India (Panthera Tigris)top 25 endemic wild birds 9 - Top 25 Endemic Wild BirdsThe Cape Sugarbird is endemic to the fynbos region of South Africa. They are nectar feeding birds which are important for the pollination of various proteas like this pincushion (Owen Deutsch)top 25 endemic wild birds 10 - Top 25 Endemic Wild BirdsThis brightly coloured Flame-throated Bulbul is found only in the western Ghats of India, a true Indian endemic! (Edwin Godinho)top 25 endemic wild birds 11 - Top 25 Endemic Wild BirdsAnother Western Ghats endemic, the Malabar Grey Hornbill. These hornbills are cavity nesters and the female will seal herself in the cavity, relying on the male to feed her and the chicks (Paneendra BA)top 25 endemic wild birds 12 - Top 25 Endemic Wild BirdsThis beautiful Orange-breasted sunbird is endemic to the fynbos biome of South Africa. Like this one they can be seen in natural gardens in Cape Town with plenty of nectar sources (Owen Deutsch)top 25 endemic wild birds 13 - Top 25 Endemic Wild BirdsThis Palani Laughingthrush has a highly restricted range, occurring only in a few forested areas of the Western Ghats. Their habitat is declining due to deforestation (Kishore Reddy)top 25 endemic wild birds 14 - Top 25 Endemic Wild BirdsThe Ruppell’s Korhaan is near endemic to Namibia, occurring in the dry desert regions. Their range also extends up into Angola (Judi Fenson)top 25 endemic wild birds 15 - Top 25 Endemic Wild BirdsThis beautiful little White-breasted Robin is found only in the west of Australia (Jamie Rattus Dolphin)top 25 endemic wild birds 16 - Top 25 Endemic Wild BirdsThe Grey-fronted Green Pigeon, an Indian endemic, can be found in forested areas where they feed primarily on fruit (Subhadra Devi)top 25 endemic wild birds 17 - Top 25 Endemic Wild BirdsThis beautiful Hispaniolan Parrot is endemic to the Hispaniola islands in the Caribbean. Because of their limited distribution, habitat degradation and capture for the pet trade, they are considered vulnerable to extinction (Edwin Godinho)top 25 endemic wild birds 18 - Top 25 Endemic Wild BirdsWhite-browed Bulbuls eat mainly berries and fruits, they are important seed dispersers (Atanu Chakraborty) top 25 endemic wild birds 19 - Top 25 Endemic Wild BirdsYellow-browed Bulbuls,
endemic to India, have been seen in groups up to 60 birds (Sneha Shekhawat)top 25 endemic wild birds 20 - Top 25 Endemic Wild BirdsThe Grey-backed Spurfowl can only be found in the plains and savanas of Tanzania (Teri Franzen)top 25 endemic wild birds 21 - Top 25 Endemic Wild BirdsThe Allen’s Hummingbird is near endemic to the USA, some breed there, others are resident, but some populations over-winter in Mexico (Barbara Wallace)top 25 endemic wild birds 22 - Top 25 Endemic Wild BirdsThe Caroline Chickadee is endemic woodlands and gardens of the the USA (Jola Charlton)top 25 endemic wild birds 23 - Top 25 Endemic Wild BirdsThe Malabar Whistling Thrush, endemic to India, can be frequently found close to human habitation (Dr Malay Mandal)top 25 endemic wild birds 24 - Top 25 Endemic Wild BirdsThis unusual looking bird is a Sri Lankan Frogmouth, found only in India and Sri Lanka (Dr S Alagu Ganesh)

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