Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: February

Birds as a group have great variety which makes for wonderful photographs. They are characterised by feathers, lightweight bones, and laying hard-shelled eggs. As a group they are very diverse appearing in varying shapes, sizes, and colours, and are distributed worldwide.

Thanks to all the photographers that submitted bird photos, your pictures can create awareness about the great variety seen in the bird group. Here we present the Top 25 photographs of birds from this week.

Knob-billed ducks are found in Sub-Saharan Africa, Madagascar, south Asia, and extreme southern China, and they feed on vegetation (Ali Javed)
Indian roller photographed in Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, India (Harshil Sharma)
A small American Kestrel attacks a much larger crested caracara in Westpunt, Aruba, the Caribbean (Michiel Oversteegen)
The brown-hooded parrot breeds from southeastern Mexico to north-western Colombia, it is found in lowland and foothills in forest canopy and edges (Ganesh Rao)
Great egret trying to catch a fish in a lake in Nagpur, Maharashtra, India (Indranil Bhattacharjee)
The striking colours of the black and orange flycatcher can be seen here, this bird is endemic to the central and southern Western Ghats, the Nilgiris, and Palni hill ranges of southern India (Ravi Muthuswamy)
Blue jays are native to North America, they use deciduous and coniferous forest habitats (Kelly Hunt)
Close up of a Calliope hummingbird photographed in Republic, Washington, USA (Tim Nicol)
Pheasant tailed jacana taking off from the water, photographed in West Bengal, India (Firdousi Ahmed)
A ruby-throated hummingbird feeding On the nectar of a flower in Louisiana, USA (Rhonda Lane)
Bluethroats breed in Europe and Asia, and winters in north African and the Indian Subcontinent (Chinmaya Barik)
Black-naped monarchs are found in southern and south-eastern Asia in thick forests where it feeds on insects (Dr SS Suresh)
Himalayan and red vented bulbuls photographed in Nainital, Uttrakhand, India (Hitesh Chawla)
Dalmatian pelican feeding in Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India (Dr. Sanjay Solanki)
Anna’s hummingbirds are native to the west coast of North America, photographed here in Elizabeth Lake, California, USA (Henser Villela)
Himalayan monal photographed at sunset in Chopta Valley, India (Shayan Bose)
The emerald dove is a species of pigeon widespread in the tropical and subtropical parts of the Indian Subcontinent and other areas, it is the state bird of the Indian state Tamil Nadu (Deepa Javdekar)
The collared aracari breeds from southern Mexico to Panama, and Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela and Costa Rica, they feed on fruits but will also take lizards (Ramesh Aithal)
Robin accentors are native to the mountainous regions of Pakistan, India, Bhutan, Nepal, and China (Dhairya Jhaveri)
Black crested bulbuls use habitats of dense scrub and forests, and can be found from the Indian Subcontinent to southeast Asia (Ajoy Kumar Dawn)
Blue-throated barbet photographed in Bolpur, West Bengal, India (Saikat Das)
Close up of a painted stork juvenile in Keoladeo National Park, India (Aman Sharma)
Portrait of a sandhill crane in Fairbanks, Alaska, USA (Ellie Kidd)
Water rail photographed in detail in Uttar Pradesh, India (Nishant Rana)
Green honeycreepers are a forest canopy species from southern Mexico to Brazil (Shrikanth N Hegde)

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 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.