Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: April

Bird watching has become an  exciting hobby that anyone can take part in. Some people doing it casually, while others are confirmed birders who plan expeditions to far off places on the chance of seeing a particular type of bird. Learning about different birds from different parts of the world is a never-ending pursuit.

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

The Blue-winged Parakeet is also known as the Malabar parakeet. The species is endemic to the Western Ghats of southern India (Mano Haran)
Common Starling is a resident bird in southern and western Europe and southwestern Asia. Populations found in northeastern Asia are known to be migratory (Amrik singh)
Great White pelicans are highly sociable, forming large flocks (Ajad Signh)
The Grey Crowned is the national bird of Uganda and features in the country’s flag and coat of arms (Christopher Ciccone)
Immature Brown Boobies (Michiel Oversteegen)
Indian blue Robin is a small migratory bird found in the Indian Subcontinent. The species had been formerly considered a thrush (Dr SS Suresh)
Indian River Tern – The sexes are similar but juveniles have a brown head, brown-marked grey upperparts, grey breast sides and white underparts. The bill is yellowish with a dark tip (Vishwash Thakker)
Long-tailed Shrike (Chandan Das)
The Oriental Skylark is a species of skylark found in southern, central and eastern Asia (Bhuvana Praveen)
Since the 19th Century, the Rose-ringed Parakeet has successfully colonised many countries. It breeds further north than any other parrot species (Vishesh Kamboj)
One of the wide-ranging species of wading birds in the heron family is the Purple Heron. This fascinating bird breeds in Africa, central and southern Europe, and southern and eastern Asia (Firdousi Ahmed)
Red-vented Bulbul is resident breeder across the Indian subcontinent, including Sri Lanka extending east to Burma and parts of Tibet (Gagan Bedi)
Ruff is a medium-sized wading bird that breeds in marshes and wet meadows across northern Eurasia. It is a highly gregarious migratory bird, forming large flocks in its winter grounds (Vishwas Thakker)
Rufous-backed Kingfisher in Hulu Langat, Selangor, Malaysia (Siddhartha Mukherjee)
The greater flamingo is the most widespread and largest species of the flamingo family. It is found in Africa, on the Indian subcontinent, in the Middle East, and in southern Europe
White-throated Kingfisher is a resident over much of its range, although some populations may make short distance movements (Manish Ahuja)
Yellow-wattled Lapwings are endemic bird to the Indian Subcontinent, mainly found on the dry plains of peninsular India. Although they do not migrate, they are known to make seasonal movements in response to rains (Chirag Parmar)
Black and Yellow broadbill photographed in Malaysia (Richard Chong)
Canada Goose, USA “These goslings are in an enclosed outdoor classroom and pond area at a school. The parents found the area and took them in there for safety, and they stayed there for over a week until the mother deemed it safe for them to leave!” – Kelly Hunt
Dunlin, USA: During the winter months, they are often found on manmade rock jetties where they can find plenty of food and a place to rest (Kelly Hunt)
Lesser golden back woodpecker
is associated with open forest and cultivation, often seen in urban areas with wooded avenues (Ramesh Aithal)
Mountain Bluebird (Jola Charlton)
Blue Whistling Thrush is known for its loud human-like whistling song at dawn and dusk (Arun Samak)
Red-breasted flycatcher is a regular passage migrant in western Europe(Amandeep Singh)
The Snowy Egret is a small white heron found to occur in eastern North America (Henser Villela)

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 Abigail Ramudzuli, 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.