Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: March

Many bird species worldwide have been able to adapt to changing environments and habitats, thriving close to human settlements, many other species however have not been able to adapt. Those unable to adapt are negatively affected by habitat loss and fragmentation, loss of food resources, and changing environmental conditions.

Thank you to all the photographers that submitted photos of birds, your pictures can create awareness about bird life and diversity. Here we present the Top 25 photographs of birds from this week’s theme.

Ashy drongos are distributed across South and Southeast Asia, photographed here in Dandeli, India (Prasanna Bhat)
Burrowing owls are found in North and South America, they use open landscapes, and in parts of South America where deforestation occurs they are expanding their range (Sue Liberto)
Beautiful photograph of a common stonechat in Nagpur, Maharashtra India (Dr. Pavan Puri)
The ruby-topaz hummingbird feeds on nectar and small insects, the males defend their territories aggressively, they are found in gardens and cultivations in the Lesser Antilles and tropical northern South America (Michiel Oversteegen)
Himalayan Monal in the snow photographed in Chopta, Uttarakhand, India (Asim Haldar)
Brown pelicans can be found on the Atlantic, Gulf, and Pacific coasts in the Americas where they are resident, some populations in the northern areas of their range do migrate to some extent (Leslie Reagan)
Common green magpies are found in the lower Himalayas in north eastern India, central Thailand, Malaysia, Sumatra, and northwestern Borneo (Dr. Sanjay Solanki)
Green heron performing a mating dance in the Central Florida birding trail, USA (Agnish Dey)
Indian spotted eagles are found in Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, and Nepal, they use tropical and subtropical dry forest habitats, as well as plantations and arable land (Harshil Sharma)
Oriental darters can be found in freshwater lakes and streams in tropical South Asia, and Southeast Asia (Mrinal Sen)
The greater racket-tailed drongo breeds in the western Himalayas to the eastern Himalayas, its calls include imitations of other bird calls (Rahul Deshpande)
American Oystercatcher foraging for mussels on the pilings of a pier at low tide off the coast of New Jersey, USA (Kelly Hunt)
Chilean flickers are found in Argentina and Chile in temperate forests, photographed here in Araucanía Region, Chile (Franco Elgueta Rivera)
Common kingfisher photographed in Sattal, India (Ashish Singh)
Secretary birds are endemic to Africa in the grasslands and savannas of the sub-Saharan region, they are listed as vulnerable by the IUCN due to disturbance by humans, and burning of grasslands which decreases their prey populations (Christopher Ciccone)
Great crested grebes performing a courtship dance in West Sussex, UK (Edwin Godinho)
Spotted owlets breed in tropical Asia, in areas where they nest close to human habitation there is sometimes an increase in breeding success due to increased availability of rodents (Sahasrangshu Choudhury)
Razorbills live in the subarctic waters of the Atlantic Ocean and are the closest living relative of the great auk. Photographed here in Maine, USA (Anne Harlan)
Sharp-shinned hawks survive the harsh winters by visiting homes with multiple bird feeders, photographed here in Republic, Washington, USA (Jola Charlton)
Indian paradise flycatchers are native to Asia, but have a wide distribution normally found in thick forests, in winter they spend their time in tropical Asia (Naresh Nani)
Spotted wood owl photographed in Singapore (Lilian Sng)
Grey-headed canary flycatchers are found in tropical Asia, they use forest habitats and feed on insects, during the non-breeding season they can be found in abandoned plantations and overgrown gardens (Vidjit Vijaysanker)
Allen’s hummingbird photographed in Huntington Beach, California, USA (Barbara Wallace)
Rose ringed parakeets are native to South Asia and Africa and have been introduced into other areas, in some of these introduced areas they have become invasive often competing for nesting sites with native cavity nesting birds (Vishesh Kamboj)
Oriental turtle doves have a wide distribution, they are found in Europe to Japan in well wooded open habitats (Deepak Singla)

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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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.