Gamebirds are a diverse group and include both waterfowl and landfowl, their diversity extends to the wide range of habitats that they occupy; from lowland deserts to tropical rainforests, on all continents except Antarctica. These birds can be sustainably harvested making them appealing for human use as a food source or for recreation, either by being hunted in the wild or being bred in captivity. Their long history with humans means that they have become closely associated with people, and can live in urban or natural environments.

We would like to thank all the photographers that submitted photos of gamebirds, your pictures can bring awareness to the beauty and variety of these birds. Here we present the Top 25 gamebird photographs.

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A grey francolin, photographed in Rajasthan, India by Suranjan Mukherjee, can be found in open cultivated lands and scrub foreststop 25 wild bird photographs of the week gamebirds 1 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: GamebirdsPainted francolin calling, these birds are very vocal in the breeding season (Chandrashekhar Shirur)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week gamebirds 2 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: GamebirdsSpot-billed duck admiring its reflection in Patiala, India (Tarika Sandhu)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week gamebirds 3 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: GamebirdsBobwhite quails live in shrubby areas and grasslands, photographed here in Texas, USA by Owen Deutschtop 25 wild bird photographs of the week gamebirds 4 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: GamebirdsBar-headed geese take flight in Harike Wetlands, Ferozepur, India (Vishesh Kamboj)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week gamebirds 5 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: GamebirdsJungle bush quail photographed in Karnataka, India by Ramesh Aithaltop 25 wild bird photographs of the week gamebirds 6 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: GamebirdsThe Sri Lankan junglefowl is the national bird of Sri Lanka, and is found in forests and scrub habitats (Arun Samak)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week gamebirds 7 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: GamebirdsA watching rain quail, photographed in Maharastra India (Sandipan Ghosh)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week gamebirds 8 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: GamebirdsCommon pheasants are native to Asia, but were introduced elsewhere as a gamebird, and is one of the world’s most hunted gamebirds (Edwin Godinho)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week gamebirds 9 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: GamebirdsBrown quails are grassland birds found in Australia, and have been introduced to New Zealand (Adriana Dinu)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week gamebirds 10 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: GamebirdsGreat crested grebes were nearly hunted to extermination within the UK, for their feathers, but conservation efforts have made them a common sight again. Here photographed in India (Ajoy Kumar Dawn)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week gamebirds 11 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: GamebirdsMountain peacock-pheasants are shy birds, endemic to the montane forests of the Malay peninsula (Sammil Kafoor)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week gamebirds 12 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: GamebirdsCalifornia quails have a head plume made up of six feathers, and have adapted well close to urban areas (Kishore Bakshi)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week gamebirds 13 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: GamebirdsA male northern shoveler opens his wings in Sultanpur national park, India (Aman Sharma)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week gamebirds 14 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: GamebirdsNorthern shoveler female, this species is widespread and common, here photographed in Louisiana, USA (Dot Rambin)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week gamebirds 15 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: GamebirdsPainted bush quail perched in Kotagiri, India (Panthera Tigris)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week gamebirds 16 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: GamebirdsIndian peafowl in Portugal displays his colourful plumage to attract a female (Gargi Biswas)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week gamebirds 17 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: GamebirdsPainted spurfowls are found in peninsular India on rocky terrain and in scrub forest (Ganesh Rao)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week gamebirds 18 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: GamebirdsThis female junglefowl will be solely responsible for incubating her eggs and rearing the young (Ramesh Aithal)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week gamebirds 19 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: GamebirdsClose up of the beautiful feathers of a kalij pheasant in Sattal Uttarakhand, India (Gur Simrat Singh)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week gamebirds 20 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: GamebirdsGreylag goose takes flight in India (Vishesh Kamboj)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week gamebirds 21 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: GamebirdsThis red spurfowl will run for cover when threatened, and is endemic to India (Ganesh Rao)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week gamebirds 22 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: GamebirdsRock doves are found globally in towns, cities, farmlands, and on rocky cliffs (Barbara Wallace)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week gamebirds 23 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: GamebirdsThe black francolin is the state bird of Haryana, India, and can be found in areas with cultivated crops (Satyajit Ganguly)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week gamebirds 24 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: GamebirdsAmerican woodcocks live in forests and along forest edges, they have a habit of rocking back and forth while walking (Kelly Hunt)

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 Laurie Johnson, Campaign Manager

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