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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Parrots

Parrots are a colourful group of birds found in most tropical and subtropical regions where they use cool temperate habitats. Their diet varies depending on the species, but many feed on vegetable matter, fruits, seeds, and nectar and pollen, with some species using their feet to hold onto their food while they feed. Parrots are...

Parrots are a colourful group of birds found in most tropical and subtropical regions where they use cool temperate habitats. Their diet varies depending on the species, but many feed on vegetable matter, fruits, seeds, and nectar and pollen, with some species using their feet to hold onto their food while they feed. Parrots are popular as pets which has led to a thriving and often illegal trade, this added to loss of nesting holes in trees from habitat destruction has resulted in some species being threatened with extinction..

Thank you to all the photographers that submitted photos of  parrots, your pictures can create awareness about the beauty of these birds and the threats that they face. Here we present the Top 25 photographs of parrots.

Red-masked parakeets are found in Ecudaor and Peru, they are listed as near-threatened due to local and international trade (Owen Deutsch)
Hyancinth macaws are native to central and eastern South America and are the largest macaw species with a length of up to 100 cm (J Bernardo Sanchez)
Blue-and-yellow macaws are found in South American forests, woodland, and savannah (Jola Charlton)
Slaty-headed parakeets are found in the Himalayas and surrounding areas in hillside forests and valley woodlands, they normally spend their time in flocks or family groups foraging (Hitesh Chawla)
Blue-winged parakeet taking off in Karnataka, India (Arun Samak)
Plum-headed parakeet in a sorghum field, Nagpur, India (Kapish Rai)
A pair of blue-and-yellow macaws photographed in Pacaya Samiria Reserve, Amazon, Peru (Judi Fenson)
Scarlet macaw flying in the Costa Rican jungles (Ramesh Aithal)
Close up of a vernal hanging parrot, they feed on fruit, seeds, buds, and blossoms (Praveen K Bhat)
Orange-winged parrots feeding in the rain, Wright Center, Trinidad and Tobago (Adriana Dinu)
Rose-ringed parakeet preening itself (Dr SS Suresh)
Military macaws are found in the forests of Mexico and South America, due to deforestation, and capture for the pet trade industry they are listed as vulnerable by the IUCN (Kubilay Bekirogullari)
Brown hooded parrots breed from southeastern Mexico to north-western Colombia, they feed on seeds and fruits (Ramesh Aithal)
White cockatoos are endemic to tropical rainforests on the islands of Indonesia, they use hollows of large trees to nest, however their habitats are being lost and they are captured for the caged bird trade resulting in them being listed as endangered by the IUCN (Subhamoy Das)
Vernal hanging parrot peering from behind a flower in Goa, India (Prakash Chimad)
Rose-ringed parakeets are a popular pet, because of this feral populations have formed in cities across the world (Meeta Athavale)
Blue-winged parakeets are endemic to the Western Ghats of India, photographed here in Periyar, Kerala, India (Jyotsana Jetley Nirula)
Green parakeets are found in central America, pairs will use holes in trees to nest (Melissa Penta)
Cockatiels are endemic to Australia but are popular pets worldwide, their natural habitats are arid or semi-arid country close to water (J Bernardo Sanchez)
Alexandrine parakeets got their name from Alexander the Great because he transported birds from Punjab to European and Mediterranean countries. They are listed as near threatened by the IUCN due to habitat loss and excessive capture (Hitesh Chawla)
A beautiful plum-headed parakeet in Kotagiri, Niligiris, India (Panthera Tigris)
Slaty-headed parakeets in Uttarakhand, India (Bhavesh Rathod)
Tanimbar cockatoo flying overhead in Jakarta, Indonesia (Arun Samak)
Sulphur-winged parakeets are endemic to Costa Rica and western Panama, they feed in flocks on seeds and fruits (Owen Deutsch)
Slaty-headed parakeet perched on a branch in Chopta, Uttarakhand, India (Sandipan Ghosh)

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 Laurie Johnson, Campaign Manager


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Steve Boyes
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.