Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Feeding

Having an understanding of what birds eat is important when it comes to having an overall idea of their preferred diets. Every bird has a different dietary preference, and if the preferences are known for different birds then this can be used to your advantage when birding or searching for birds in the wild.

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

Zitting Cisticola with an insect catch! This is an Old World Wrbler with a wide range that includes variations of populations with 18 recognised subspecies. Photographed at Kharagpur Campus, Kharagpur, West Bengal, India (Gargi Biswas)
Yellow-Footed Green-Pigeon at Kaziranga National Park, Assam, India (Ajoy Kumar Dawn)
Yellow eyed babbler photographed at Pune Maharashtra (Vijay Madan)
Wood Storks feed in flocks and nest in large rookeries – sometimes several pairs to a single tree. Photographed at Delray, USA (Leslie Reagan)
White-breasted Kingfishers mainly hunt large crustaceans, earthworms, rodents, snakes, fish and frogs. Predation of small birds has also been reported. Photographed in Kolkata Outskirts, India (Binit Chatterjee)
Western Bluebirds eat a lot of grasshoppers, crickets, caterpillars, beetles an worms. More than 80% of Western Bluebird diet is comprised of insects and spiders. Photographed in California, USA (Sue Liberto)
Tree Swallows mostly eat flying insects, though they also eat plant material. They normally feed in flight, searching for food in open areas above water or ground. Photographed in New Jersey (Dick White)
Jungle babbler photographed in West Bengal, India (Avijit Ghorai)
Although their usual diet is half ripe seeds and greens, Scaly-breasted Munias have become scavengers around farms and garbage dumps, eating scraps left by humans as well as insects (Bhuvana Praveen)
Red winged blackbirds feed primarily on plant material, including seeds from weeds and waste grain such as corn and rice. Photographed in Florida, USA (J.Bernardo Sanchez)
The Red Naped Ibis is omnivorous, feeding on carrion, insects, frogs and other small vertebrates as well as grain. They forage mainly in dry open land and stubbly fields (Gagan Bedi)
Painted storks primarily feed on fish, though sometimes they will eat frogs as well. These storks stick their heads into shallow water, with their bill partially open, and swing their heads back and forth in search of fish (Nejib Ahmed)
The Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher feeds partly on fish and crustaceans like prawns, it also feeds on frogs. There have been records of this species also taking spiders (Kishore Bakshi)
Malabar Grey Hornbill in Thattekkad, Kerala, India (Dr SS Suresh)
Grey headed warbler Photographed at Kotdwar, Uttrakhand (Dr. Sanjay Solanki)
Green imperial pigeon. This is a forest species resident breeding bird in tropical southern Asia from India east to Indonesia (Gurjeet Virk)
The Great Egret feeds in shallow water or drier habitats, feeding mainly on fish, frogs, small mammals and occasionally small reptiles and insects. Photographed at Mithapur, Gujarat, India (Chirag Parmar)
Darjeeling Woodpecker at Chelela Bhutan. Woodpeckers primarily eat insects, along with fruits, acorns and nuts (Ramesh Aithal)
Coppersmith Barbets prefers banyan, peepul, and other wild figs. Flower petals may also be included in their diet. Photographed in Bangalore, India (Rashmi Deshpande)
Common cuckoo photographed at Chakki Modh-Bhojnagar Road, near Kasauli Hills, India (Kuldip Jaswal)
Brahmini Kite in Bangalore, India (Kishore Bakshi)
Blue-winged parakeets often feed on the ground, eating seeds, blossoms, fruits and insects. Photographed in Kerala, India (Kishore Bakshi)
The diet of Blue-tailed Bee-eaters is mostly flying insects. They catch the flying insects by sorties from an open perch. Photographed in Nadia, West Bengal, India (Prasil Biswas)
The Black necked Stork feeds on fish, small crustaceans and amphibians. Most prey is caught by jabbing and seizing it with its large bill. Photographed at Bharatpur, Rajasthan (Dr. Sanjay Solanki)
American Kestrel with a Whiptail Lizard, photographed at Westpunt, Aruba (Michiel Oversteegen)

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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.