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Top 25 Woodland Birds

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!

The colourful Asian Paradise Flycatcher inhabits a variety of different types of forest, including plantations (Unmesh Jadav)
Stork-billed Kingfishers can be found along forested streams and mangroves (Mainak Ray)
Brown-headed Barbets are endemic to India. Like most barbet species, they excavate a hole in a tree to nest in (Michal Richter)
Clark’s Nutcracker specialises in eating conifer seeds such as pine cones, hence they spend most of their time in conifer forests (Tim Nicol)
Coppersmith Barbets are generally found on forest edges, here you can see one looking out of its hole nest (Unmesh Jadav)
A Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher photographed in Bangalore, India by Mukesh Mishra
The low cooing call of the Emerald-spotted Wood-dove 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 Fenson
Eurasian Nuthatches prefer mature woodland habitats, particularly those with oak trees (Mohit Ghatak)
Great Barbets are primarily fruit eaters, they are especially partial to figs and berries (Rick Toor)
This cute little bird is a Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker, this one was photographed in Tokyo by Mohit Kumar Ghatak
Malabar 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)
Slaty-headed Parakeets are found in sub-tropical woodlands, they frequently use the nesting holes of other species to breed (Ajay Singh Rajawat)
The Western Capercaillie inhabits the confierous forests of Europe and northern Asia. This male was photographed in Slovakia by Michal Richter
The Laughing Kookabura of eastern Australia gets its name from its call which sounds much like raucous laughter (Radhakrishnan Sadasivam)
You don’t often come across a bird as brilliantly red as the Vermillion Flycatcher! This one was photographed in California, USA by Leslie Reagan
The Cinereous Tit is a sub-species of the Great Tit, one of the best studied birds in the world (Goutam Mitra)
Indian Pittas prefer forests with dense undergrowth, here they forage on the ground, moving aside leaf litter to find insects underneath (Radhakrishnan Sadasivam)
The 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)
Jerdon’s Leafbird is endemic to India, here they inhabit open forests (Soumitra Ghosh)
Superb 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)
The Bali Starling is Critically Endangered but thanks to a captive breeding program the population is doing well (Vasanth Kumar)
This brightly coloured Chestnut-headed Tesia prefers broad leafed forest habitats (Gaurav Budhiraja)
The Pileated Woodpecker of North America prefers to live in mature forests where trees are 5 years old or older (Melissa Penta)
The White-browed Robin-chat can be found on the edges of forests and thickets in sub-Saharan Africa. They are readily seen foraging on the ground for insects (Edwin Godinho)
This Whitehead is endemic to New Zealand. They prefer native forests but in areas where they have been cleared they have adapted to exotic conifer forests (Tony Stoddard)

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Edited by Christie Craig, Campaign Manager

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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.

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