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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Mountain Birds

Mountains provide habitats for many birds. Mountain ecosystems have adapted to their specific environmental conditions which makes them sensitive to environmental change. Birds that use mountain habitats have adapted to these conditions and are thus also sensitive to environmental change; in many mountain areas habitat change has resulted in the reduction of liveable habitats for...

Mountains provide habitats for many birds. Mountain ecosystems have adapted to their specific environmental conditions which makes them sensitive to environmental change. Birds that use mountain habitats have adapted to these conditions and are thus also sensitive to environmental change; in many mountain areas habitat change has resulted in the reduction of liveable habitats for many bird species.

We would like to thank all the photographers that submitted photos of birds that use mountain habitats, your pictures can bring awareness to the variety of birds that depend on these habitats. Here we present the Top 25 photographs of mountain birds.

Steppe eagle flying in Salt Range, Pakistan (Awais Ali Sheikh)
Rufous-Necked hornbills use broad-leaved forests at altitudes of 150 – 2200 metres in north-eastern India, western Thailand, and north-western Vietnam, they are listed as vulnerable due to deforestation and habitat degradation from logging and clearance for agriculture (Amol Khairnar)
Crimson-backed sunbirds are endemic to the Western Ghats of India and make altitudinal movements in response to rains (Dr. S. Alagu Ganesh)
Black Eagle soaring over the mountain in Arunachal Pradesh, India (Asim Haldar)
Brown-capped pygmy woodpeckers are found in Nepal, India, and Sri Lanka, they make use of shrublands and forests (Vishesh Kamboj)
The collared aracari is a species of toucan that breeds from southern Mexico to Panama, they use lowland forests and open woodland habitats, photographed here at a Costa Rican jungle (Ramesh Aithal)
Ortolan bunting calling out at Vardousia mountains, Greece (Antonis Tsaknakis)
A group of brown-headed gulls make use of a water body located near a mountain in Ladakh, India (Suranjan Mukherjee)
Northern crested caracaras are found in Cuba, northern South America, Central America and Mexico, they use lowland habitats but can live to mid-elevation in the northern Andes and they feed on carrion and sometimes fruit (J Bernardo Sanchez)
Blue-winged minla photographed in Doi Ang Khang, Chiang Mai, Thailand, they make use of montane forest habitats (Siddhartha Mukherjee)
Black-chinned hummingbirds are found in most of the western United States, it is also found in Canada, and Mexico, they use a wide range of habitats including mountains, woodlands, and meadows (Tim Nicol)
Streaked wren-babbler photographed in Genting Highland, Malaysia (Lil’tographer Lilian Sng)
The red-headed trogon is found across the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia in upland forests (Shayan Bose)
Black-and-chestnut eagle portrait, this bird is found in South American montane forests on mountain slopes, it is listed as endangered due to conversion of its forest habitat to agricultural land, and habitat loss due to mining and logging (Michiel Oversteegen)
A brown-throated tree creeper camouflaged against a tree in Darjeeling, India (Avijit Dutta)
Himalayan bulbuls are found in central Asia in forests and shrublands (Aman Sharma)
Northern harriers breed in Canada and northernmost USA, photographed here in Nuevo, Southern California, USA (Leslie Reagan)
Mountain bluebirds are found in the Canada, Mexico, and the United States and they use grassland and forest habitats (Jola Charlton)
The striated laughingthrush is found in the northern temperate regions of the Indian Subcontinent, they use moist lowland forests and montane forests (Priyak Mukherjee)
Peregrine falcons have a wide distribution and are found in most areas along mountain ranges, photographed here in the Magaliesberg Mountains, South Africa (Andrew Keys)
Rock buntings breed in northwest Africa, southern Europe, central Asia and the Himalayas in rocky mountainous areas (Binit Chatterjee)
Sword-billed hummingbirds are found in the Andean regions of South America at elevations between 2400 and 3100 metres, they feed on nectar from specific flowers (Adriana Dinu)
Pied harrier flying in Hooghly, West Bengal, India (Sujoy Sarkar)
Greater yellownapes are a species of woodpecker found in East Asia, they use lowland forests and montane forests (Kumar Kumud Gangesh)
Brahminy kites are found in the Indian Subcontinent, Southeast Asia, and Australia, they make use of wetlands and sometimes occur above 5000 feet in the Himalayas (Chirag Parmar)

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.

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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.