Seeds come in all shapes and sizes, and are an important part of the diet for many bird species. This variety in seeds has thus led to a wide variety of bird beaks used to feed on them. Seed eating birds can be divided into two groups; those that husk the seed before eating it, and those that swallow the seed whole. Seed eaters that husk seeds have specially adapted beaks; it has a conical shape with a groove and cutting edge on the lower and upper mandible. Those that swallow the seeds whole do not have specially adapted beaks. In both groups the beak shape and size determines the type and size of the seeds that a bird will feed on, and for many of these birds they will make use of seeds in their diet for a major portion of the year.

Thank you to all the photographers that submitted photos of seed eating birds, your pictures can create awareness about the diversity and beauty of this group of birds. Here we present the Top 25 photographs of seed eating birds.

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Scaly-breasted munias have a main diet of seeds and berries, they are social foragers and feed in flocks (Praveen K Bhat)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week seed eating birds 1 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Seed Eating BirdsBaya weaver displaying on his nest in Nagpur, Maharashtra, India, these birds feed on seeds from plants and on the ground (Indranil Bhattacharjee)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week seed eating birds 2 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Seed Eating BirdsWhite-throated sparrow feeding on seeds in the USA (Kelly Hunt)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week seed eating birds 3 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Seed Eating BirdsOriental turtle doves are native to Europe and east Asia, they feed on a wide range of seeds, and forage on the ground (Ashok Appu)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week seed eating birds 4 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Seed Eating BirdsMilitary macaws have large beaks that are ideal for opening and breaking into hard shelled seeds and nuts, these birds are distributed in the forests of Mexico and South America (J Bernardo Sanchez)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week seed eating birds 5 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Seed Eating BirdsRed-winged blackbirds are omnivorous birds found in most of North and Central America (Gargi Biswas)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week seed eating birds 6 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Seed Eating BirdsRed munia perched atop a plant, its main diet consists of seeds, and its beak turns red during the breeding season (Ganesh Rao)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week seed eating birds 7 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Seed Eating BirdsBeautiful grey junglefowls are distributed in the Indian Peninsula and feed on grains, insects, and berries (Shantanu Bhattacharya)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week seed eating birds 8 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Seed Eating BirdsSwamp sparrow in New Jersey, USA, its main diet in winter is seed, while in summer it is arthropods (Anthony Cedrone)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week seed eating birds 9 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Seed Eating BirdsEuropean goldfinches are native to Europe, North Africa, and western Asia, they have been introduced into other areas, and feed predominantly on small seeds (Jilly Sidebottom)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week seed eating birds 10 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Seed Eating BirdsBearded reedlings feed on seeds in winter, and on aphids in the summer, they are distributed in temperate Europe and Asia (Zafer Tekin)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week seed eating birds 11 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Seed Eating BirdsSong sparrows are an American sparrow species that feeds on seeds and insects, they make use of their song to attract females and declare territory (Henser Villela)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week seed eating birds 12 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Seed Eating BirdsScaly-breasted munia in Haryana, India, the bill of this species is suitable for crushing seeds (Nishant Rana)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week seed eating birds 13 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Seed Eating BirdsIndian silverbill peeking out from behind the leaves, in Gujarat, India (Unmesh Jadav)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week seed eating birds 14 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Seed Eating BirdsBlack francolin close up, in addition to their diet of berries, insects, and larvae, these birds feed on grass and cereal crop seeds (Sanjay Solanki)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week seed eating birds 15 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Seed Eating BirdsRed-headed bullfinches are found in Bhutan, Nepal, India, and Tibet, they feed on seeds of trees and plants (Ajoy Kumar Dawn)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week seed eating birds 16 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Seed Eating BirdsChestnut-bellied nuthatches are found in the Indian subcontinent, they feed on insects, seeds and nuts (Hitesh Chawla)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week seed eating birds 17 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Seed Eating BirdsRusset sparrows are from eastern Asia and the Himalayas, they have a thick bill that is ideal for eating seeds (Ramesh Aithal)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week seed eating birds 18 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Seed Eating BirdsTri-coloured munias are native to Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, and southern China, they feed on grains and seeds (Sandeep Beas)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week seed eating birds 19 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Seed Eating BirdsRed crossbills, like other crossbills, have distinctive mandibles that allow them to extract seeds from conifer cones and other fruits, this species breeds in North America, Europe, and Asia (Jola Charlton)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week seed eating birds 20 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Seed Eating BirdsIndian silverbills are found in the Indian subcontinent, they feed in flocks on grass and crop seeds (Shantharama Holla K)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week seed eating birds 21 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Seed Eating BirdsZebra doves are native to Southeast Asia, they feed on small grass seeds and insects, like most other doves they have a crop attached to their throat that allows them to swallow food whole and digest it slowly (Radhakrishnan Sadasivam)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week seed eating birds 22 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Seed Eating BirdsWhite-eared bulbul in Aravali Biodiversity Park, Haryana, India (Aman Sharma)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week seed eating birds 23 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Seed Eating BirdsNilgiri pipits are endemic to the high-altitude hills of southern India, they are listed as vulnerable by the IUCN due to their grassland habitat being threatened by wattle plantations (Pallavi Sarkar)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week seed eating birds 24 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Seed Eating BirdsMourning doves feed mainly on seeds and will fill their crops to capacity, the seeds are then digested while the bird is resting; to help digest the seeds they will swallow grit such as fine sand (Kishore Bakshi)

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

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Black plumage

Originally posted 2018-11-02 16:51:15.

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