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Top 25 Birds of Africa

Africa is home to some 2341 bird species, 67% of which are endemic to the continent. We were overwhelmed by the number of photographs submitted this week! It seems that many have been enchanted by Africa’s amazing birdlife. As Rudyard Kipling said: “One cannot resist the lure of Africa.” We invite you to join us on an adventure to explore the amazing birdlife of Africa. Here we present 25 of the best photographs presented for this week’s theme. Next week we explore the birds of Australia. If you would like to submit photographs to be considered simply upload them to our Facebook page with species, location, photographer and #birdsofaustralasia as the caption.

African Fish Eagles are usually found along large still or flowing water bodies. If waterbodies dry up they may remain and feed on birds and carcasses (Muhammad Asif Sherzai)
The African Pygmy-Kingfisher is monogamous, the pair excavates a burrow in a sand bank or in an existing mammal burrow (Marios Mantzourogiannis)
White-faced Ducks tend to breed in temporary wetlands and then move to permanent wetlands to moult over the winter (Shivayogi Kanthi)
The Eurasian Golden Oriole breeds in Eurasia and then spends the winter in sub-Saharan Africa and India. This Oriole was photographed in Ethiopia by Goutam Mitra
A White-bellied Go-Away Bird photographed in Tsavo West, Kenya by Marios Mantzourogiannis
The Böhm’s Bee-eater was named after Richard Böhm, a German zoologist. This one was photographed in Liwonde National Park, Malawi by Anthony Roberts
A trio of Great Cormorants at Lake Naivasha, Kenya (Anindya Dutta)
Grey Go-away Birds get their name from their call which sounds like ‘go-away’ (Ravishankar Paranthaman)
The Hooded Vulture is critically endangered, mainly due to poisoning (Preety Patel)
The Lappet-faced Vulture has the largest wing-span of all the vultures in Africa (Wasif Yaqeen)
The bright red gular pouch on the neck of the Grey Crowned Crane allows them to produce a deep booming call (Anindya Dutta)
Lilac-breasted Rollers are endemic to Africa and are fairly common in woodland areas (Marios Mantzourogiannis)
Unlike many swallows, the Lesser Striped Swallow is mostly resident (Anirban Roychowdhury)
The Common Ostrich is the largest bird in the world. This one was photographed foraging on the plains of Kenya by Subhamoy Das
The Red-billed Firefinch eats mainly small grass seeds (Goutam Mitra)
The Secretary Bird usually hunts on the ground, often in pairs. This pair was photographed in Kruger National Park, South Africa by Ravishankar Paranthaman
The male Silvery-cheeked Hornbill has a much larger bill than the female. This shot was taken at Lake Manyara, Tanzania by Edwin Godinho
The Rüppell’s Starling is found only in east Africa. This handsome individual was photographed in Ethiopia by Goutam Mitra
The Swainson’s Francolin is native to the savanas of southern Africa, usually near water (Ravishankar Paranthaman)
A male Common Ostrich against the backdrop of beautiful mopane trees in Kruger National Park, South Africa (Ravishankar Paranthaman)
White-fronted Bee-eaters hunt from perches, they have been recorded taking 300 swoops in one day with success rates of between 50% and 70% (Judi Fenson)
White-headed Mousebirds occur only in east Africa, mainly in Somalia and Kenya (Goutam Mitra)
Female Southern Yellow-billed Hornbills seal themselves into their nest cavities, mainly with their own faeces (Anirban Roychowdhury)
A group of Yellow-billed Storks fly over Lake Manyara, Tanzania (Anindya Dutta)
The population of Yellow-billed Oxpeckers declined due to reducing game numbers and toxic dips used on cattle. However the re-introduction of oxpeckers and oxpecker friendly dips has allowed the population to recover somewhat (Marios Mantzourogiannis)

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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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.
  • Ravi Shankar

    Good List of African birds, Thanks for choosing my pics… Now what next … Bird of India ?

  • michhaince

    whats next birds of Uganda

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