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Top 25 Birds of Asia

Wild Bird Trust presents the Top 25 Birds of Asia. Out of all the continents, Asia has one of the highest bird diversities, particularly in India and south-east Asia. Here we present just 25 of these fascinating birds. Our Facebook page has a particularly strong following from Asia which meant that we had a massive influx of images for this week’s theme. Hence, these 25 images represent the real cream of the crop! If you would like to submit pictures for next week’s Top 25, keep a look out on our Facebook page for the announcement of the next theme.

A curious White-crested Laughingthrush photographed in Sattal, India by Rick Toor
A White-browed Fulvetta darts through the vegetation in search of their favourite food, caterpillars (Sujoy Sarkar)
Spot-billed Ducks have strong pair bonds, while the female incubates, the male guards her and the eggs (Anvita Paranjpe)
Green Magpie range in colour from grass green to turquoise. This turquoise individual was photographed in the Jim Corbett National Park in India (Ramesh Aithal)
Male Knob-billed Ducks like this one have large protrusions on their bills, while females have plain bills. Stark differences between male and female generally indicate that the characteristic is important for mate selection (Vishwas Thakker)
A crystal clear shot of a Himalayan Woodpecker. These woodpeckers only occur in a small band along the himalayas, despite this limited range they are quite common (Jasvir Faridkot)
This beautiful Sir Lanka Blue Magpie is endemic to central Sri Lanka. Because of their small range and fragmentation of their forest habitats they are considered vulnerable to extinction (Marios Mantzourogiannis)
The scarce Spot-winged Starling breeds in the Himalayas and winters in Myanmar and Thailand (Shantanu Bhattacharya)
Rufous-capped Babblers flit around the middle and lower reaches of the forest, foraging on insects (Sujoy Sarkar)
These Red-breasted Parakeets are declining due to the caged bird trade (Goutam Mitra)
Malay Banded Pittas are only found in Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia. This little female was photographed in Thailand’s Si Phang Nga National Park (Ananth Ramasamy)
An exchange between two Indian Skimmers. These skimmers occur along the major rivers in India, preferring sand banks. With the damming of rivers and human development along the watercourses, the population has suffered and is declining (Pranesh Kodancha)
An Indian Roller showing off a flash of turquoise as he takes flight (Hitesh Chawla)
In many parts of their range Egyptian Vultures rely on man for their food sources, which include livestock carcasses (Preety Patel)
The Rufous-necked Snowfinch is native to the steppes of the Tibetan plateau (Subhendu Khanra)
A male Rufous-collared Kingfisher in Malaysia, these kingfishers are found in the dense forests of south-east Asia
(Bharath Srinivasan)
A Chestnut-shouldered Petronia perched on a rock in Bhopal, India. These birds feed mostly on seeds and occasionally nectar and berries (Goutam Mitra)
White-crested Laughingthrushes are very vocal. here you can listen to their loud, carrying call, this bird would not be hard to miss in the forest! (Preety Patel)
The Rufous-chinned Laughingthrush only occurs in the Himalayan mountains, up to 2000 metres above sea level (Satyajit Ganguly)
An Oriental Pied Hornbill, mid song (Gur Simrat Singh)
The Little Spiderhunter eats nectar and insects, they have a habit of taking insects off spiderwebs, hence their name! (Radhakrishnan Sadasivam)
The Greater Racket-tailed Drongo has impressive tail streamers. In the bird kingdom, long ornamental plumage like this, will usually only be present in males but in this species both sexes have tail streamers (Radhakrishnan Sadasivam)
The Blue-faced Malkoha belongs to the cuckoo family but it is not a brood parasite, they build their own nest of twigs (Paneendra BA)
A vibrant Rufous-bellied Niltava photographed in West Bengal. These little birds are usually found flitting around the forest undergrowth (Sujoy Sarkar)
A collection of Asia’s top birds would not be complete without the magnificent Indian Peacock! This photograph was snapped in Ranthambhore National Park, India by Abhaya Shukla

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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.
  • Earl Cunanan

    Great photos of these beautiful birds!

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