Wild Bird Trust presents the Top 25 Woodland Birds. Woodlands come in many shapes and forms from snow covered conifer forests of the Northern Hemisphere, to the humid mangroves of India, to dry savanna woodlands of Africa. What these woodlands all have in common is that they are teeming with birdlife. Birds favour forests because they are multi-dimensional habitats, they have many different levels at which to feed and breed. These allow many different species to live together. Here we present 25 of best photographs of bird from woodlands throughout the globe. Thank you to everyone who submitted photographs this week!

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The colourful Asian Paradise Flycatcher inhabits a variety of different types of forest, including plantations (Unmesh Jadav)top 25 woodland birds 1 - Top 25 Woodland BirdsStork-billed Kingfishers can be found along forested streams and mangroves (Mainak Ray)top 25 woodland birds 2 - Top 25 Woodland BirdsBrown-headed Barbets are endemic to India. Like most barbet species, they excavate a hole in a tree to nest in (Michal Richter)top 25 woodland birds 3 - Top 25 Woodland BirdsClark’s Nutcracker specialises in eating conifer seeds such as pine cones, hence they spend mots of their time in conifer forests (Tim Nicol)top 25 woodland birds 4 - Top 25 Woodland BirdsCoppersmith Barbets are generally found on forest edges, here you can see one looking out of its hole nest (Unmesh Jadav)top 25 woodland birds 5 - Top 25 Woodland BirdsA Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher photographed in Bangalore, India by Mukesh Mishratop 25 woodland birds 6 - Top 25 Woodland BirdsThe low cooing call of the Emerald-spotted Wood-doves can often be heard in savanna woodlands in Africa. They are not always easy to see however, they are quite secretive and hide in the branches or undergrowth. This was one spotted in the Kavango region of Namibia by Judi Fensontop 25 woodland birds 7 - Top 25 Woodland BirdsEurasian Nuthatches prefer mature woodland habitats, particularly those with oak trees (Mohit Ghatak)top 25 woodland birds 8 - Top 25 Woodland BirdsGreat Barbets are primarily fruit eaters, they are especially partial to figs and berries (Rick Toor)top 25 woodland birds 9 - Top 25 Woodland BirdsThis cute little bird is a Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker, this one was photographed in Tokyo by Mohit Kumar Ghataktop 25 woodland birds 10 - Top 25 Woodland BirdsMalabar Grey Hornbills nest in tree cavities, they will excavate a rotting tree and the female then seals herself in, remaining there until the chicks are ready to fledge (Paneendra BA)top 25 woodland birds 11 - Top 25 Woodland BirdsSlaty-headed Parakeets are found in sub-tropical woodlands, they frequently use the nesting holes of other species to breed (Ajay Singh Rajawat)top 25 woodland birds 12 - Top 25 Woodland BirdsThe Western Capercaillie inhabits the confierous forests of Europe and northern Asia. This male was photographed in Slovakia by Michal Richtertop 25 woodland birds 13 - Top 25 Woodland BirdsThe Laughing Kookabura of eastern Australia gets its name from its call which sounds much like raucous laughter (Radhakrishnan Sadasivam)top 25 woodland birds 14 - Top 25 Woodland BirdsYou don’t often come across a bird as brilliantly red as the Vermillion Flycatcher! This one was photographed in California, USA by Leslie Reagantop 25 woodland birds 15 - Top 25 Woodland BirdsThe Cinereous Tit is a sub-species of the Great Tit, one of the best studied birds in the world (Goutam Mitra)top 25 woodland birds 16 - Top 25 Woodland BirdsIndian Pittas prefer forests with dense undergrowth, here they forage on the ground, moving aside leaf litter to find insects underneath (Radhakrishnan Sadasivam)top 25 woodland birds 17 - Top 25 Woodland BirdsThe Dark-eyed Junco breeds in a variety of woodland types. The female builds the nest which is a cup made of grass and lined with hair and moss (Tim Nicol)top 25 woodland birds 18 - Top 25 Woodland BirdsJerdon’s Leafbird is endemic to India, here they inhabit open forests (Soumitra Ghosh)top 25 woodland birds 19 - Top 25 Woodland BirdsSuperb Fairy-wrens are naturally found in the eucalypt forests of eastern Australia, however as these are cleared for agriculture, these birds have adapted to living amongst exotic shrubs and in gardens (Radhakrishnan Sadasivam)top 25 woodland birds 20 - Top 25 Woodland BirdsThe Bali Staling is Critically Endangered but thanks to a captive breeding program the population is doing well (Vasanth Kumar)top 25 woodland birds 21 - Top 25 Woodland BirdsThis brightly coloured Chestnut-headed Tesia prefers broad leafed forest habitats (Gaurav Budhiraja)top 25 woodland birds 22 - Top 25 Woodland BirdsThe Pileated Woodpecker of North America prefers to live in mature forests where trees are 5 years old or older (Melissa Penta)top 25 woodland birds 23 - Top 25 Woodland BirdsThe White-browed Robin-chat can be found on the edges of forests ad thickets in sub-Saharan Africa. They are readily seen foraging on the ground for insects (Edwin Godinho)top 25 woodland birds 24 - Top 25 Woodland BirdsThis Whitehead is endemic to New Zealand. They prefer native forests but in areas where they have been cleared they have adapted to conifer forests (Tony Stoddard)

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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