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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: December

Birds have been around since the time of the dinosaurs, they are found on all continents and use many types of habitats, however as humans change many of these habitats birds have had to either adapt, or suffer. Many species have been able to adapt to human habitation and changing habitats, but many species have...

Birds have been around since the time of the dinosaurs, they are found on all continents and use many types of habitats, however as humans change many of these habitats birds have had to either adapt, or suffer. Many species have been able to adapt to human habitation and changing habitats, but many species have also been threatened with extinction.

We would like to thank all the photographers that submitted photos of birds for this week’s theme, your pictures can bring awareness about the beauty and diversity of birds and the threats that they face. Here we present the Top 25 bird photographs of the week.

House crows are native to Asia, but found globally, they have an omnivorous diet and have been observed removing ticks from cattle (Chirag Parmar)
Little cormorants spreading their wings while standing, a behaviour that is thought to aid the wings in drying after being in the water (Naresh Nani)
Emerald toucanets are found in the mountainous regions of Mexico and Central America, they feed on fruit and insects. Photographed at Costa Rica cloud forests (Ramesh Aithal)
Peregrine Falcon juvenile, these birds of prey are fast fliers and have been recorded doing speeds of up to 320km/h. Photographed in San Pedro, Southern California, USA (Leslie Reagan)
Indian peacock atop a man-made structure in Valparai, Western Ghats, India (Prasanna Bhat)
Trumpeter swan with chicks in, Illinois, USA (J Bernardo Sanchez)
Blood pheasants are common in the eastern Himalayas, photographed here in Yumtang, North Sikkim, India (Adhirup Ghosh)
Lesser flamingos are the smallest flamingo species, and they occur in sub-Saharan Africa, and India (Chirag Parmar)
Golden-fronted leafbird with vernal hanging parrot in the background (Ram Kumar)
Rufous Hummingbird in flight in Hereford, Arizona, USA (Tim Nicol)
Spotted doves are native to the Indian Subcontinent, but have been introduced into other areas (Deepak Singla)
Citrine wagtail has caught a caterpillar for breakfast (Indranil Bhattacharjee)
Grey crowned cranes flying overhead in Masai Mara, Kenya (Kishore Reddy)
The Taiwan whistling thrush is endemic to Taiwan, it feeds on a varied diet of shrimps, earthworms, insects, frogs, and fish (Pradnya Paralkar)
Yellow-eyed babblers are native to South and southeast Asia, they use grassy habitats, and feed on insects and berries (Ajoy Kumar Dawn)
Portrait of a beautiful Indian peacock, Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve, India (Abhaya Shukla)
Common starlings are native to Eurasia, but have been introduced into other areas, they have a preference for urnan areas and have adapted to living close to humans (Amrik Singh)
Beautiful flame-coloured tanager, native to mountain forests of Mexico and Central America, photographed in Costa Rica (Ganesh Rao)
The Carolina wren is found in the eastern United States and it feeds on insects and spiders (Rhonda Lane)
Colourful wood duck in Orange, California USA, they are found in North America, and were near extinction in the late 19th century as a result of habitat loss and hunting, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 aided in the recovery of this species (Barbara Wallace)
Resplendent quetzals are found from Chippas, Mexico, to Panama, due to habitat loss they have been listed as near threatened by the IUCN (Nandhini Raveendran)
Black and white shot of a rock pigeon (Mann P. Arora)
Black-naped monarchs are found in tropical southern Asia in well-wooded habitats (Rajiv Basu)
Green bee-eater in Howrah, India (Subham Chowdhury)
Brown headed gulls all perching in Jamnagar, Gujarat, India (Vishwas Thakker)

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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Meet the Author

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.