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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #28

Mind-blowing color and diversity borne out of the age of the dinosaurs!! Free birds for a better future…  Join the Wild Bird Revolution today!! Be the first to introduce your friends, family and colleagues to the freedom and splendor of birds in the wild! Advances in digital photography have given us the opportunity to capture the...

Mind-blowing color and diversity borne out of the age of the dinosaurs!! Free birds for a better future… 

Join the Wild Bird Revolution today!! Be the first to introduce your friends, family and colleagues to the freedom and splendor of birds in the wild! Advances in digital photography have given us the opportunity to capture the beauty and freedom of birds in the wild like never before. Here are the “Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week” drawn from the thousands of photographs submitted to the Wild Bird Trust for consideration every week. Celebrate the freedom and splendor of birds in the wild with us and stimulate positive change by sharing how beautiful the birds of the world really are…

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Rodnick Biljon
Cape parrots are only found in South Africa in areas with high mountains and old-growth Afromontane forest dominated by yellowwoods. There are less than 1,000 remaining in the wild. Please watch this important video about the Cape Parrot Project. (Rodnick Biljon)


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Melissa Penta
Resplendent quetzals play an important role in Mesoamerican mythologies and old stories. They are also Guatemala's national bird, feature on their flag and coat of arms, and their name is used for the local currency... Photographed here in San Gerardo de Dota (Costa Rica). (Melissa Penta)
Melissa Penta
Northern cardinals get their name from the "Cardinals" of the Roman Catholic Church, who wear distinctive red robes and caps. "Northern" speaks of their distributional range as the northernmost cardinal species. Photographed here in Vestal, New York (USA). (Melissa Penta)
Andre Marais
Jackal buzzards get their name from the "weeah ka-ka-ka" call they make that sounds similar to that of black-backed jackals. (Andre Marais)
Jineesh Mallishery
Oriental white-eyes are resident breeders in open woodlands across tropical Asia from the Indian Subcontinent to SE Asia, including Indonesia and Malaysia. These little leaf-gleaners forage in small groups for nectar, sap, buds and small insects. Photographed here in Bangalore (India). (Jineesh Mallishery)
Melissa Penta
Ring-necked pheasants have about 30 subspecies in 5 or 6 groups, identified according to the male plumage. Presence or absence of a white neck-ring? Color of the uppertail and wing coverts? Photographed here in Vestal, New York (USA). (Melissa Penta)
Nobby Clarke
Red-billed oxpeckers feed predominantly on blood from ticks bloated with blood from animals, picking off huge numbers of the these and other parasites. They are reported, however, to peck at wounds to keep them open to more parasites, thus doing some harm too. (Nobby Clarke)
Melissa Penta
Rufous-winged tanagers are found in Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama, where they prefer subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and heavily-degraded forest patches. Photographed here in La Fortuna (Costa Rica). (Melissa Penta)
Peter Pischler
African grey hornbills are widespread and common resident breeders in most of sub-Saharan Africa and parts of Arabia. Photographed here in the Kruger National park (South Africa) (Peter Pischler)
Anantha Murthy
Jungle owlets are found in India and the dry zones of Sri Lanka, and are found singly, in pairs or small groups. (Anantha Murthy)
Edward Peach
Southern masked weavers are common resident breeders throughout southern Africa, preferring shrubland, savanna, grassland, open woodland, inland wetlands and semi-desert areas. (Edward Peach)
Syed F Abbas
White-throated kingfishers are widely-distributed in Eurasia from Bulgaria, Turkey, E through S Asia and on to the Philippines, where they are resident over much of their distributional range. (Syed F Abbas)
Melissa Penta
Blue-crowned motmots are found in the forests and woodlands of E Mexico, Central America, N and central South America, and Trinidad and Tobago. Photographed here in Monteverde (Costa Rica). (Melissa Penta)
Sherry McKelvie
Grey-backed cameropteras are typically found low in dense cover flitting around looking for small insects. They bind large leaves together low in a bush and build a grass nest within the leaves... (Sherry McKelvie)
Syed F Abbas
Cattle egrets have done well due to their association with domestic livestock around the world. They are found almost everywhere in the tropics, subtropics and warm temperate zones. (Syed F Abbas)
John Maarschalk
Helmeted guineafowls breed throughout Sub-Saharan Africa and have been introduced in places like the West Indies, Brazil, Australia and even S France. They are sold in many western supermarkets. (John Maarschalk)
Abdul Salam Usta
Black-rumped flamebacks are widely distributed in the Indian Subcontinent with their characteristic "rattling-whinnying" call and undulating flight pattern. (Abdul Salam Usta)
Melissa Penta
Montezuma oropendolas are resident breeders in the Caribbean coastal lowlands from SE Mexico to central Panama, where they construct large colonies of hanging woven nest of fibres and vines, 60–180 cm long, high in a tree. Photographed here in La Fortuna (Costa Rica). (Melissa Penta)
John Maarschalk
Malachite kingfishers are common across sub-Saharan Africa, preferring slow-moving rivers, dams with sheltered shores, coastal lagoons, tidal estuaries, mangrove swamps, mangroves, and reed or papyrus marshes. (John Maarschalk)
Dhritiman Hore
Common hawk-cuckoos are strangely known as the "Brainfever bird" in S Asia. They mimic the Shikra, a sparrow hawk, in their flight style and landing technique. (Dhritiman Hore)
Mark Drysdale
Bateleurs have very keen eyesight and are often the first to kills in remote areas, preferring to pluck out the eyes and move on before the vultures arrive. Photographed here in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (Botswana & South Africa). (Mark Drysdale)
Mark Drysdale
Cape longclaws are also known as orange-throated longclaws and occur from S and SE South Africa all the way up to Zimbabwe. (Mark Drysdale)
Lennart Hessel
Eurasian jays have a vast distribution from W Europe and NW Africa to the Indian Subcontinent and SE Asia, inhabiting mixed woodlands with oaks, as they are habitual acorn hoarder... (Lennart Hessel)
John Maarschalk
Sunbirds (pictured here) and spiderhunters make up the family, Nectariniidae, which includes 132 species in 15 genera distributed throughout Africa, the Indian Subcontinent, SE Asia and N Australia. (John Maarschalk)
Jody de Bruyn
White-fronted bee-eaters are found in the vast savannah regions of sub-equatorial Africa and are a common sighting hawking for bees from exposed perches. (Jody de Bruyn)
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The Wild Bird Trust was founded in South Africa in August 2009 with the primary objective of keeping birds safe in the wild. The trust aims to encourage the use of flagship endangered bird species as “ecosystem ambassadors” in their indigenous habitat. The trust focusses on linking ordinary people with conservation action in the field through innovative marketing campaigns and brand development. Saving Africa’s birds is going to take a determined effort from all of us.

The main aims and objectives of the Wild Bird Trust are to:

  • To advance the research in, education about and conservation of all birds in the wild as well as the related habitat.
  • Focus will be placed primarily on African species that act as ecosystem and biodiversity indicators although other species and geographical areas will be considered as well.
  • To work with all interested and involved parties including government, private sector, NGOs, education and research institutions, aviculture and bird-watching sectors without losing objectivity and independence.

In the pursuit of these aims and objectives the Wild Bird trust works closely with relevant local and international entities and persons, including: government authorities; educational institutions; conservation organizations; and avicultural organizations. The trust is funded entirely by its founder members, charitable donations and conservation grants.

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Meet the Author

Steve Boyes
Steve Boyes has dedicated his life to conserving Africa's wilderness areas and the species that depend upon them. After having worked as a camp manager and wilderness guide in the Okavango Delta and doing his PhD field work on the little-known Meyer's Parrot, Steve took up a position as a Centre of Excellence Postdoctoral Fellow at the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology. He has since been appointed the Scientific Director of the Wild Bird Trust and is a 2014 TED Fellow. His work takes him all over Africa, but his day-to-day activities are committed to South Africa's endemic and Critically Endangered Cape Parrot (Poicephalus robustus). Based in Hogsback Village in the Eastern Cape (South Africa), Steve runs the Cape Parrot Project, which aims to stimulate positive change for the species through high-quality research and community-based conservation action. When not in Hogsback, Steve can be found in the Okavango Delta where he explores remote areas of this wetland wilderness on "mokoros" or dug-out canoes to study endangered bird species in areas that are otherwise inaccessible. Steve is a 2013 National Geographic Emerging Explorer for his work in the Okavango Delta and on the Cape Parrot Project.