The wonderful colours often observed when birds interact with flowers have inspired many works of art; from a painting style in Chinese history based entirely on this theme, to modern day bird photography. Often the relationship between birds and flowers is mutualistic; birds obtain nesting material and food, and flowering plants are pollinated. Some bird species such as hummingbirds have co-evolved with particular flower species to become specialised pollinators; this ensures that the flowers always have a pollinator, and reduces competition for nectar between nectivorous bird species.

Thank you to all the photographers who submitted birds in flowers photographs this week, your pictures can bring greater awareness to the variety of birds that make use of flowers. Here we present the Top 25, we had an amazing response to this week’s theme and selection of the Top 25 was not easy!

An American goldfinch collects plant down from a musk thistle in New Jersey, USA (Kelly Hunt)This crimson sunbird photographed in SIngapore is a nectar feeder (Senthil Kumar Damodaran)Rose-ringed parakeet feeding in Faridkot, Punjab, India (Gagan Bedi)A colourful shot of a ruby-throated hummingbird, which has amazing control of its flight, hovering here in Louisiana, USA (Rhonda Lane)Close up of a scaly-breasted munia photographed by Panthera Tigirs in Kotagiri, IndiaAnna’s hummingbirds, found along the Pacific coast of the US, have increased their range since the early 20th century from northern Baja in California due to planting of exotic flowering plants in gardens (Sutapa Karmakar)Red-tailed minla in Darjeeling, India (Ajoy Kumar Dawn)Loten’s sunbirds are endemic to Peninsula India, and Sri Lanka (Malay Mandal)A black-bellied bustard in Tanzania peeks out from amongst the flowers (Edwin Godinho)Broad-billed hummingbird feeding on the nectar of a flower in Arizona, USA (Jola Charlton)Black redstarts are found in rocky areas, and have adapted to urban environments, here photographed in Nubra Valley India by Sandipan Ghosh.Jerdon’s leaf bird feeding on flower nectar in Bangalore, India (Ramesh Aithal)Black-headed oriole perched on an aloe plant in South Africa (Sharon Templin)Brown-throated sunbird hangs from a branch in Singapore (Ananth Ramasamy)Cape spur fowl in amongst the flowers (Owen Deutsch)Purple sunbirds range across the Asian continent, and will defend their territory by singing and mobbing intruders (Sanjeev Kumar Goyal)Brahminy starlings feed on nectar, fruit, and insects (Indranil Bhattacharjee)Olive-backed sunbird perches in a flower in Singapore, they feed on nectar and have adapted to live in urban areas (Bharath Srinivasan‎)Green bee eater in flight in Kushilian Wildlife Sanctuary, India (Vishesh-Kamboj)Purple-rumped sunbird photographed in Pondicherry, India (Pallavi Sarkar)White wagtails are found near water, but have adapted to foraging in urban areas, photographed here in Gujarat, India (VishwasThakker)Sapphire-spangled emerald hummingbird taking nectar from a flower in Brazil (Adriana Dinu)White-cheeked barbet perching on a flower in Bangalore, India (Ganesh Rao)A verditer flycatcher perched on a branch in Sattal, India (Preety Patel)Yellow-rumped warbler flying away, in California, USA (Barbara Wallace)

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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