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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Birds in Flowers and Leaves

Spring has begun in the Northern Hemisphere which means that birds are in their breeding plumage and flowers are beginning to bloom. In the Southern Hemisphere autumn is underway and some bird species will begin migrating to warmer areas. Thank you to all the photographers that submitted photos of  birds in flowers and leaves, your...

Spring has begun in the Northern Hemisphere which means that birds are in their breeding plumage and flowers are beginning to bloom. In the Southern Hemisphere autumn is underway and some bird species will begin migrating to warmer areas.

Thank you to all the photographers that submitted photos of  birds in flowers and leaves, your pictures can create awareness about the variety and beauty of birds. Here we present the Top 25 photographs of birds in flowers and leaves.

Indian peacock photographed in Jamnagar, Gujarat, India (Vishwas Thakker)
Common yellowthroat, one of the New World warblers, perches atop a lupine to belt out his signature “witchety-witchety-witchety” song in Rangeley, Maine, USA (Christopher Ciccone)
Anna’s hummingbirds are native to the west coast of North America and they breed in open-wooded or shrubby areas (Shailendra Pradhan)
Pied kingfishers photographed in Marudhaadu, Cuddalore, India (Kuzhal Iniyan)
Purple sunbirds have a wide distribution; they are found from West Asia, through the Indian Subcontinent into Southeast Asia, they feed on nectar but will also take insects (Vijay Singh)
Ruby-crowned kinglets are found in North America in coniferous forests (Sue Liberto)
Oriental white eyes are found in the Indian Subcontinent, they use scrub and moist canopy habitats and feed on flower insects and pollinate the flowers when they visit (Aman Sharma)
Himalayan bulbuls are found in central Asia in forests and shrublands (Rajeev Tyagi)
Lesser violetear is a hummingbird species found Costa Rica to northern South America, and they feed on nectar and small insects (Shrikanth N Hegde)
Japanese tit in amongst the flowers, photographed in Japan (Lilian Sng)
Common kingfishers are found in Europe, Asia, and North Africa, in habitats with clear water (Manoj K Bind)
Great barbets breed in the lower-to-middle altitudes of the Himalayas and they feed on fruits and insects (Gurjeet virk)
Oriental white-eye photographed in Chiang Mai, Thailand (Partha Roy)
Crimson sunbirds feed on nectar, and are found in tropical southern Asia, photographed here in a botanical garden in Singapore (Arun Samak)
The Palani laughingthrush is endemic to the hills of the Western Ghats of India, they feed on some flower petals, nectar, and fruits (Suhyb PJ)
Purple swamphen photographed in Nagpur Maharashtra, India (Dr. Pavan Puri)
Red vented bulbuls are found on the Indian Subcontinent, they have been introduced into other areas and can be found in dry scrub, open forests, and cultivated land habitats (Firdousi Ahmed)
Sooty-capped bush tanagers are endemic to the highlands of Costa Rica and western Panama (Ramesh Aithal)
Ruby throated hummingbirds are migratory, they spend their winters in Florida, southern Mexico, and Central America, photographed here Louisiana, USA (Rhonda Lane)
Orange-bellied leafbird photographed in Fang, Chiang Mai, Thailand (Siddhartha Mukherjee)
Anna’s hummingbird feeding from a slower in by Eastsound, Washington (Jola Charlton)
The long-tailed sibia is found in Southeast Asia in evergreen, oak, and pine forests (Mano Haran)
Indian robin photographed in Tilkholi Village, Uttrakhand, India (Arjun Singh)
The striated laughingthrush is found in the northern temperate regions of the Indian Subcontinent (Deepa Javdekar)
House sparrow photographed in Chakki Mod, India (Harleen Kaur)

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

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: March

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