This week we focus on birds that live amongst us in cities. Urban areas are often thought of as ‘concrete jungles’, devoid of nature, however a number of birds tolerate urban areas and others even thrive in these areas. In a world where urbanisation is rife and wildlife is being lost at a faster rate than ever, we need to start asking how we can make cities more bird friendly. This can be achieved through greening cities, with trees and other naturally occurring plants or putting out bird feeders. Here we present 25 of birds that our photographers have found living among them. We encourage you to take note of the birds in your urban areas, you may be surprised at how many there are!

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The range of the White-throated Kingfisher is expanding, due to its ability to live in gardens and plantations. here is one perched on a park railing in Sri Muktsar Sahib, India (Vishesh Kamboj)top 25 urban birds 1 - Top 25 Urban BirdsThe Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher tolerates some human disturbance and can be found on the edges of villages and cultivated areas (Soumyajit Basu)top 25 urban birds 2 - Top 25 Urban BirdsAn American Robin in New York’s Central Park (Antony Tsaknakis)top 25 urban birds 3 - Top 25 Urban BirdsBeing monogamous, naturally Barn Swallows spend the summer together but a recent tracking study suggests that pairs may over-winter together too! (Bhargavi Upadhya)top 25 urban birds 4 - Top 25 Urban BirdsRosy Starlings breed in open steppe habitats but during the non breeding season their habitat usage is more generalist (Dr Malay Mandal)top 25 urban birds 5 - Top 25 Urban BirdsRose-ringed Parakeets are chiefly forest dwelling birds but they will also use gardens and other human modified woody areas like orchards (Aman Sharma)top 25 urban birds 6 - Top 25 Urban BirdsThe Rock Dove is the ancestor of the feral pigeon which has been introduced worldwide, they are native to India and parts of Eurasia and Africa (Vishesh Kamboj)top 25 urban birds 7 - Top 25 Urban BirdsSpot-billed Pelicans nest in trees, up to 15 nests are built in a single tree in some cases. Felling of trees in their breeding areas has resulted in declines in their population (Soumyajit Basu)top 25 urban birds 8 - Top 25 Urban BirdsRock Doves thrive in urban areas, here evident in New Delhi, India (Satyajit Ganguly)top 25 urban birds 9 - Top 25 Urban BirdsHouse Swallows are closely associated with human habitations, building their mud nests in houses and buildings like this one in Malaysia (Ananth Ramasamy)top 25 urban birds 10 - Top 25 Urban BirdsA scrap over food between Little Terns in a marina in Singapore (Lil’tography Lilian Sng)top 25 urban birds 11 - Top 25 Urban BirdsThe House Sparrow is native to Eurasia and north Africa but has been introduced to South Africa, America and Australia. It is a successful urban coloniser, commonly seen around human habitation (Raymond De Jesus Asencio)top 25 urban birds 12 - Top 25 Urban BirdsOriental Pied Hornbills are a common sight in urban areas on Pangkor Island, off the coast of Malaysia (Ananth Ramasamy)top 25 urban birds 13 - Top 25 Urban BirdsA flock of Lesser Flamingoes flies through Mumbai, India (Sahasrangshu Choudhury)top 25 urban birds 14 - Top 25 Urban BirdsHouse Crows are native to the Indian subcontinent but they have been introduced to many countries, most likely as accidental stowaways on ships. In some cities they become pests and attempts have been made to eradicate them (Radhakrishnan Sadasivam)top 25 urban birds 15 - Top 25 Urban BirdsA Crimson Sunbird inspects its reflection in a car mirror in Singapore (Ananth Ramasamy)top 25 urban birds 16 - Top 25 Urban BirdsBirds often use man-made posts and wires to perch, as demonstrated by these Chestnut-tailed Starlings in Kerala, India (Pallavi Sarkar)top 25 urban birds 17 - Top 25 Urban BirdsA beautiful capture of a House Sparrow in Dubai (Mukund Kumar)top 25 urban birds 18 - Top 25 Urban BirdsAn artistic shot of Brown-headed Gulls surrounding fisherman in New Delhi, India (Satyajit Ganguly)top 25 urban birds 19 - Top 25 Urban BirdsMany raptors will scavenge in urban areas where waste is plentiful, like this Brahminy Kite at a dump in Bangalore, India (Kishore Reddy)top 25 urban birds 20 - Top 25 Urban BirdsBlack-legged Kittiwakes roosting on an abandoned building in Norway (Anthony Roberts)top 25 urban birds 21 - Top 25 Urban BirdsBlack Kites have successfully colonised multiple large cities in Asia and Africa (Jay Patel)top 25 urban birds 22 - Top 25 Urban BirdsThe Yellow-collared Lovebird only occurs in Tanzania (Edwin Godinho)top 25 urban birds 23 - Top 25 Urban BirdsIt’s not just humans who use this water fountain! As demonstrated by this Greater Antillean Grackle in Puerto Rico (Sonia Longoria)top 25 urban birds 24 - Top 25 Urban BirdsA Black Kite soars amongst the skyscrapers in Hong Kong (John Parkinson)

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

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