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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Terrestrial

Terrestrial birds are type of birds that are generally found on the ground, not only foraging but also nesting and roosting on the ground or very low bushes. For most terrestrial birds that do fly, they generally stay low above the ground or close to cover when flying. Their way of flying is usually short,...

Terrestrial birds are type of birds that are generally found on the ground, not only foraging but also nesting and roosting on the ground or very low bushes. For most terrestrial birds that do fly, they generally stay low above the ground or close to cover when flying. Their way of flying is usually short, frantic bursts rather than lengthy flights.

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

The Crested Guan is found in the Neotropics, in lowlands forests ranging from south Mexico and the Yucatán Peninsula to western Ecuador and southern Venezuela. Photographed in Costa Rica (Anne Harlan)
Black Kite is thought to be the world’s most abundant species of Accipitridae, although some populations have experienced dramatic declines or fluctuations (Dr. Sanjay Solanki)
Black Francolin is a gamebird in the pheasant family phasianidae. It was formerly known as the Black Partridge (Ram Shankar)
Asian Koel in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh (Dr. Sanjay Solanki)
the Ashy-Crowned sparrow-lark is found in the plains in open land with bare ground, grass and scrub across South Asia. males are well marked with a contrasting black-and-white face pattern, while females are sandy brown, looking similar to female sparrows (Satyajit Roy)
African Ostrich The common ostrich, or simply ostrich, is a species of large flightless bird native to Africa. It is one of two extant species of ostriches. photographed at the Pillanesberg National Park South Africa (Anirban Roychowdhury)
the Yellow-wattled lapwing is found mainly on the dry plains of peninsular India and has a sharp call and is capable of fast flight. Although they do not migrate, they are known to make seasonal movements in response to rains (Chirag Parmar)
female Wild Turkey, Although native to North America, the turkey probably got its name from the domesticated variety being imported to Britain in ships coming from the Levant via Spain. The British at the time therefore associated the wild turkey with the country Turkey and the name prevails (Julia Browne)
male wild Turkey in New Jersey, USA Photographed by (Anne Harlan)
The Oriental Magpie-robin They are distinctive black and white birds with a long tail that is held upright as they forage on the ground or perch conspicuously (Lil’tography Lilian Sng)
The only thing we should scream into the world is love. Indian Roller at the Hussainiwala Reservoir, Ferozepur, India (Natures frame)
Striated babbler in Harike wetlands, Punjab, India Photograph by (Sanjiv Khanna)
Barred buttonquail in the outskirts of Burdwan, India (Soumitra Goswami)
The Small pratincole can sometimes be easily confused with swifts or swallows when in flight (Vijay madan)
Sirkeer malkoha having a meal in Asola w.l.s Delhi (vijay madan)
The Shikra is a small raptor which hunts anything from small insects or lizards on ground to the much larger prey such as birds. Photographed at Ranthambore National Park (Manish Ahuja)
Savanna Nightjar in Haryana , India (Kumar Kumud Gangesh)
roadrunners are also known as chaparral birds or chaparral cocks. these two are species of fast-running ground cuckoos with long tails and crests. They are usually found in the desert (Henser Villela)
the Red-Wattled Lapwing is an Asian lapwing. Like many other lapwings, they are ground birds that are incapable of perching. (Vijay Singh)
The Paddyfield Pipit is a small passerine bird in the pipit and wagtail family, a resident breeder in open scrub, grassland and cultivation in southern Asia east to the Philippines (Ashish Singh)
A male Mountain Peacock-pheasant photographed in Bukit Tinggi, Malaysia (Senthil Kumar Damodaran)
Indian Thicknee at Okhla Bird Sanctury, Noida, Uttar Pradesh (Vijay Madan)
Gray Francolins are normally found foraging on bare or low grass covered ground in scrub and open country. photographed in India (Amit Kumar Srivastava)
Chestnut Headed Laughing Thrushes spend time on the ground feeding on grasshoppers and other insects. Photo taken in Pangot, Uttarakhand (Deepak Singla)
The Bluethroat is a migratory insectivorous species breeding in wet birch wood or bushy swamp in Europe and Asia with a foothold in western Alaska. It nests in tussocks or low in dense bushes. It winters in north Africa and the Indian subcontinent. Photo taken in Bharatpur, India (Ashish Singh)

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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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.