Wild Bird Trust presents the Top 25 Migratory Wild Birds. Approximately 40% of the world’s birds migrate, which means there a lot of birds on the move! Migration is primarily a strategy to optimize living conditions by moving to areas which are warmer and have more food. Migrant birds can be especially difficult to conserve as different countries need to cooperate to ensure birds are conserved across their range. Birds are also vulnerable on flyways as they are often hunted en masse. If birds are conserved in their breeding habitat but their wintering habitat is degraded this makes it a sink for the population as a whole. This is why international agreements such as the Convention for the Conservation of Migratory Animals have been put in place- to foster cooperation between countries, allowing birds to be conserved with the big picture in mind.

We hope you enjoy our selection this week and we encourage you to submit image for next week’s Top 25- the theme will be announced on our Facebook page this weekend. You can also have a look at our Twitter and Instagram for regular bird updates!

top 25 migratory wild birds - Top 25 Migratory Wild BirdsThe Black-tailed Godwit is listed as near-threatened due to various pressures on the population’s breeding grounds in central Eurasia and wintering grounds in Asia, Africa and Australia. These pressures include intensification of agriculture and degradation of wetlands (Asutosh Pal)top 25 migratory wild birds 1 - Top 25 Migratory Wild BirdsThis Black-headed Bunting was photographed in its wintering range in Bosipota, India (Sujoy Sarkar)top 25 migratory wild birds 2 - Top 25 Migratory Wild BirdsIn some migratory species there is variation in whether or not a population will migrate. For example Blue-tailed Bee-eaters in south-east Asia migrate south for the winter but Blue-tailed Bee-easters in Australasia do not migrate (Dr S Alagu Ganesh)top 25 migratory wild birds 3 - Top 25 Migratory Wild BirdsA White Stork photographed at the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania by Sharon Templintop 25 migratory wild birds 4 - Top 25 Migratory Wild BirdsThere are no ringing records to document the migration of Brown-breasted Flycatchers but their distribution changing from south-east Asia in the summer, to India and Sri Linka in the winter, indicate that these birds do migrate (Vishwas Thakker)top 25 migratory wild birds 5 - Top 25 Migratory Wild BirdsMigration can be risky, as every now and then a bird will be blown off course and end up somewhere way out of their range. This happened recently to a Citrine Wagtail that was seen in Cape Town, South Africa, they normally overwinter in southern Asia! (Asutosh Pal)top 25 migratory wild birds 6 - Top 25 Migratory Wild BirdsCommon Hawk-cuckoos are mainly resident across India but populations in the higher latitudes will migrate seasonally (Kanchan Das)top 25 migratory wild birds 7 - Top 25 Migratory Wild BirdsA Common Redshank foraging in a mangrove along the Zuari River, India (Kishore Reddy)top 25 migratory wild birds 8 - Top 25 Migratory Wild BirdsEurasian Wrynecks breed in central Asia where they prefer woodland habitats, whereas they prefer more open habitats in their over-wintering ranges in Africa and southern Asia (Ravi Shankar)top 25 migratory wild birds 9 - Top 25 Migratory Wild BirdsA Great White Pelican off the coast of Namibia. Most pelicans just spend the winter in Africa but some of them have made it their home year round! (Suranjan Mukherjee)top 25 migratory wild birds 10 - Top 25 Migratory Wild BirdsLesser Redpolls are called irruptive migrants, their migration patterns are irregular and unpredictable, their movements are usually in relation to where food is available (Edwin Godinho)top 25 migratory wild birds 11 - Top 25 Migratory Wild BirdsThe Western Yellow Wagtail overwinters in India and Africa, in African savanas they are often associated with game animals (Bhargavi Gokarna)top 25 migratory wild birds 12 - Top 25 Migratory Wild BirdsThe Loggerhead Shrike is migratory within North America. This bird is considered Near-threatened, the reasons for this are not clear but are thought to be linked to the introduction of the West Nile Virus in the late 90s (Jola Charlton)top 25 migratory wild birds 13 - Top 25 Migratory Wild BirdsCalliope Hummingbirds breed in north-western North America and spend the winter in Mexico. Ringing records show that these birds often return to the same sites, there is no place like home! (Tim Nicol)top 25 migratory wild birds 14 - Top 25 Migratory Wild BirdsA Eurasian Spoonbill foraging in the Dighal Wetlands, India (Vishesh Kamboj)top 25 migratory wild birds 15 - Top 25 Migratory Wild BirdsThe Mountain Bulbul is what we call at altitudinal migrant, they move to lower altitudes in the winter to escape the cold (Deepak Sharma)top 25 migratory wild birds 16 - Top 25 Migratory Wild BirdsA Northern Harrier in its wintering range, in Fremont, California (Sutapa Karmakar)top 25 migratory wild birds 17 - Top 25 Migratory Wild BirdsA male Northern Shoveler in flight. This highly migratory species breeds in the northern latitudes in April and May (Vishesh Kamboj)top 25 migratory wild birds 18 - Top 25 Migratory Wild BirdsThe Peregrine Falcon is one of the world’s most widespread raptors, in the higher latitudes these raptors will migrate south to find more favourable conditions (Nishant Vyas)top 25 migratory wild birds 19 - Top 25 Migratory Wild BirdsThe Rainbow Bee-eater is native to Australia, they winter in Australasia and breed in southern Australia (Janis Otto)top 25 migratory wild birds 20 - Top 25 Migratory Wild BirdsThe name Red Knot may seem a little confusing when looking at this grey wader. This bird undergoes an amazing transformation during the breeding season where there plumage changes to a deep rufous colour (Antonis Tsaknakis)top 25 migratory wild birds 21 - Top 25 Migratory Wild BirdsSandhill Cranes breed in Alaska, Canada and Russia, migrating to wetlands and meadows of southern USA and Mexico for the winter (Leslie Reagan)top 25 migratory wild birds 22 - Top 25 Migratory Wild BirdsThe Siberian Rubythroat breeds in the Taiga forests of Russia (Sujoy Sarkar)top 25 migratory wild birds 23 - Top 25 Migratory Wild BirdsThis dainty little bird is a Snow Bunting, which breeds in the Arctic and over winters in central North America and Asia (Melissa Penta)top 25 migratory wild birds 24 - Top 25 Migratory Wild BirdsThe Snowy Owl became well known because of the Harry Potter films which featured a Snowy Owl by the name of Hedwig (Sharon Templin)

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