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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #105

Wild Bird Trust presents the 105th Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs! This week we showcase a wide diversity of birds including four different species of bulbul. We hope you enjoy this selection and keep on exploring and capturing the wonderful diversity of birds that our world has to offer. To be in the running for...

Wild Bird Trust presents the 105th Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs! This week we showcase a wide diversity of birds including four different species of bulbul. We hope you enjoy this selection and keep on exploring and capturing the wonderful diversity of birds that our world has to offer.

To be in the running for next week’s top 25 you can submit photographs on the Facebook page with species, location and photographer as the caption. Also follow us on twitter (@wildbirdrev) and instagram (@wildbirdtrust) for regular updates.


In South Africa the Xhosa people call the Spotted Eagle Owl isihulu-hulu. Photo by Melissa Stuckenberg


The Black Bulbul also occurs as a white headed morph. Photo by Pranesh Kodancha


This Black-headed Bunting is closely related to the Red-headed Bunting, they both over-winter in India but breed in different parts of Eurasia. Photo by Souvik Pal


The Black-headed Ibis is silent as it lacks a voice box. Photo by Kishore Debnath


The Black-headed Kingfisher is endemic to the forests of Indonesia where it is near-threatened due to deforestation. Photo by Sathya Vagale


Blue Rock Thrushes breed in rock cavities. Photo by Prashant Kumar


This Blue-tailed Bee-eater has a similar call to the European Bee-eater. Photo by Prasenjit Sarkar


The Blue Whistling Thrushes in China are larger than those in India. Photo by Nitin Chavan


The Cinnamon Bittern breeds in reed beds. Photo by Sujoy Dasgupta


The Citrine Wagtail is native to Asia but vagrants have been recorded as far south as South Africa. Photo by Bill Chatterjee


The Common Kingfisher has a large range, over 10 million square kilometres. Photo by Kuntal Das


Coppersmith Barbets feed on fruits and berries, eating up to three times their body weight in a day. Photo by Dr Ganesh Rao


The Dark-eyed Junco is native to North America- breeding in the north and over-wintering in the south. Photo by Tim Nicol


Dark-capped Bulbuls are often found in pairs or groups of three or four. Photo by Owen Deutsch


The Eastern Bluebird is native to the eastern parts of North America. Photo by Emil Baumbach


The Himalayan Bulbul is one of the 150 bulbul species in the world. Photo by Arunava Sinha


The Indian Silverbill is closely related to the African Silverbill but in captivity they will not breed. Photo by Kallol Bhattacharya


Lesser Flamingos are listed as near-threatened due to threats to their breeding habitats in Africa and India. Photo by Somil Makadia


The Malabar Grey Hornbill is found only in the south-west of India. Photo by Harish Kumar Kohli


The Red Avadavat’s beak turns black in April. Photo by Kishore Debnath


The Red-vented Bulbul is resident to India but has been introduced to many other countries, it is listed as one of the worst invasive species in the world. Photo by Suman Kumar


The Rusty-fronted Barwing is native to the Himalayas and the mountains of Myanmar. Photo by Adhirup Ghosh


There are eight sub-species of Rusty-cheeked Scimitar Babbler. Photo by Dr Divya Srivastava


Superb Starlings are widespread in Africa and are often found around acacia trees. Photo by Sahasrangshu Choudhury


Occasionally Long-tailed Shrikes are parasitized by cuckoos. Photo by Ritwick Bhattacharyya

Edited by Christie Craig, Campaign Manager

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 delivery 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 everyday to photograph our planet’s beautiful birdlife. Pick up your camera, fill your bird feeder, open your heart, and join the Wild Birds! Revolution!!

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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.