Top 25 Endemic Wild Birds

Wild Bird Trust presents the Top 25 Endemic Wild Birds. Endemism refers to birds that occur only in a region or country. Sometimes endemism refers to a habitat type but often it refers to country demarcations. This is essentially a human definition then and may not mean much to the birds itself. However endemic birds are often threatened as their range is limited. Here we present birds limited to small islands such as those in the Galapagos, unique habitat types like the fynbos of South Africa or large countries such as the USA.  We hope you enjoy this week’s selection. If you would like to submit to a Top 25 theme, simply upload your image to our Facebook page with species, location and photographer as the caption.

This unusual looking bird is a Hispaniolan Lizard-cuckoo,
endemic to the Hispaniola islands. They are a species of cuckoo that does not parasitise other birds nests. (Edwin Godinho)
The Española Cactus Finch is endemic in the true sense of word, only being found on Española Island in the Galapagos. They are found around prickly pear cacti which they feed on (Melissa Penta)
A vibrant male Malabar Trogon, an Indian endemic (Shivayogi Kanthi)
The Purple-rumped Sunbird is near endemic to India, they are also found in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Myanmar (Vipul Trivedi)
The Australian Gannet breeds only on the New Zealand coast and the south coast of Australia. They nest on the ground on a mound of seaweed and grass (Deepak Panchal)
The Black and Orange Flycatcher has a highly localised distribution, found only in the western Ghats of India, a region renowned for its bird diversity (Sneha Shekhawat)
This Javan Banded Pitta can only be found in Java (Arun Samak)
This Malabar Lark, an Indian endemic, prefers dry open habitats (Atanu Chakraborty)
This Nilgiri Thrush, a sub species of the White’s Thrush, is endemic to India (Panthera Tigris)
The Cape Sugarbird is endemic to the fynbos region of South Africa. They are nectar feeding birds which are important for the pollination of various proteas like this pincushion (Owen Deutsch)
This brightly coloured Flame-throated Bulbul is found only in the western Ghats of India, a true Indian endemic! (Edwin Godinho)
Another Western Ghats endemic, the Malabar Grey Hornbill. These hornbills are cavity nesters and the female will seal herself in the cavity, relying on the male to feed her and the chicks (Paneendra BA)
This beautiful Orange-breasted sunbird is endemic to the fynbos biome of South Africa. Like this one they can be seen in natural gardens in Cape Town with plenty of nectar sources (Owen Deutsch)
This Palani Laughingthrush has a highly restricted range, occurring only in a few forested areas of the Western Ghats. Their habitat is declining due to deforestation (Kishore Reddy)
The Ruppell’s Korhaan is near endemic to Namibia, occurring in the dry desert regions. Their range also extends up into Angola (Judi Fenson)
This beautiful little White-breasted Robin is found only in the west of Australia (Jamie Rattus Dolphin)
The Grey-fronted Green Pigeon, an Indian endemic, can be found in forested areas where they feed primarily on fruit (Subhadra Devi)
This beautiful Hispaniolan Parrot is endemic to the Hispaniola islands in the Caribbean. Because of their limited distribution, habitat degradation and capture for the pet trade, they are considered vulnerable to extinction (Edwin Godinho)
White-browed Bulbuls eat mainly berries and fruits, they are important seed dispersers (Atanu Chakraborty)

 

Yellow-browed Bulbuls,
endemic to India, have been seen in groups up to 60 birds (Sneha Shekhawat)
The Grey-backed Spurfowl can only be found in the plains and savanas of Tanzania (Teri Franzen)
The Allen’s Hummingbird is near endemic to the USA, some breed there, others are resident, but some populations over-winter in Mexico (Barbara Wallace)
The Caroline Chickadee is endemic woodlands and gardens of the the USA (Jola Charlton)
The Malabar Whistling Thrush, endemic to India, can be frequently found close to human habitation (Dr Malay Mandal)
This unusual looking bird is a Sri Lankan Frogmouth, found only in India and Sri Lanka (Dr S Alagu Ganesh)

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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.