Forests are very productive ecosystems accounting for a third of the Earth’s primary productivity. This productivity, and their many layers from forest floor to canopy, make them a great habitat for many bird species across the globe. Worldwide however anthropogenic factors such as logging, introduced invasive species, and land conversion for agriculture, have reduced the amount of forest cover, and thus reduced the amount of available habitat for birds that call these areas home.
We would like to thank all the photographers that submitted photos of forest birds, your pictures can bring awareness about the variety of birds that use these habitats and the threats they face. Here we present the Top 25 photographs of forest birds.
Malayan peacock pheasants are endemic to the Malay Peninsula in lowland forests, due to deforestation, their limited range, and their small population size they are listed as vulnerable (Gautam Krishnan)Scarlet-rumped trogons use moist lowland forests, photographed here in Borneo, Malaysia (Ananth Ramasamy)Common mynas are woodland birds native to Asia, they have however adapted well to urban environments and have spread to new areas across the globe where they are considered an invasive species (Arjun Singh)Purple-throated woodstars inhabit humid and wet forests, photographed here in Tatamá National Natural Park, Colombia (Michiel Oversteegen)Scarlet finch sub-adult feeding on plant material in Chopta, Uttarakhand, India (Dhairya Jhaveri)Blyth’s frogmouths are found in tropical or subtropical moist lowland forests, photographed here in Kaeng Krachan National Park, Thailand (Senthil Kumar Damodaran)A beautiful shot of an Indian peafowl preening its tail feathers, in Bandipur Tiger Reserve, India (Naveen Joyous)Keel-billed toucans are found in Latin America, roosting in the canopies of tropical, subtropical, and lowland rainforests (Ramesh Aithal)Pale-billed woodpeckers are resident breeders from northern Mexico to western Panama in wet forests, photographed in the rainforests of Costa Rica (Antonis Tsaknakis)Painted stork walking through a wooded area in Bharatpur Rajasthan, India (Hitesh Chawla)The velvet-fronted nuthatch inhabits many types of forests from evergreen to deciduous, photographed here in Munnar, Kerala, India (Poonam S Nayaka)Steppe eagle ruffling its feathers in Uttarakhand, India (Satyajit Ganguly)Lesser goldenbacks are a woodpecker species distributed throughout the Indian Subcontinent in open woodlands and cultivated lands (Arjun Singh)Indian paradise flycatchers are native to Asia, but have a wide distribution and they are found in thick forest where they feed on insects (Rahul Deshpande)The green-backed kingfisher is endemic to Indonesia, photographed here in Tangkoko Forest, Sulawesi (Mohit Kumar Ghatak)Rufous treepies feed almost entirely in trees on fruits, seeds, insects, and small reptiles (Anupam Kamal)A striking photo of a scarlet minivet, they are found in tropical southern Asia in forest habitats where they catch insect prey from trees (Sujoy Sarkar)The mountain bulbul inhabits broadleaved evergreen forests in the Indian Subcontinent (Kumar Kumud Gangesh)Green bee-eater coming in to land on a branch in Nagpur, Maharashtra, India (Indranil Bhattacharjee)Blue-throated barbets inhabit evergreen and deciduous forests and feed on fruit and insects (Tarika Sandhu)The spectacled finch inhabits temperate forests in the temperate northern regions of the Indian Subcontinent (Pallabi Mitra)Scarlet-rumped tanagers are found on the Caribbean slope of Central America in clearings, plantations, and forest edges (Ganesh Rao)Rufous-capped babblers are found across the Indian Subcontinent in tropical or subtropical moist lowland forests (Soumya Chakraborty)Grey-headed fish eagles are found in South East Asia, they use lowland forests and nest close to water bodies in order to prey on fish (Harish Chopra)Crested serpent eagle with water snake kill in Keoladeo National Park, Rajisthan, India (Kapish S Rai)
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