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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: June

Birds are admired for their beauty, songs, and the grace of their ability to fly and most importantly birds are admired for the role they play in the ecosystem. Yes, birds contribute to the environment directly and indirectly. This is often called “Ecosystem Services”. Many ecologically important plants require pollination by birds, and some birds...

Birds are admired for their beauty, songs, and the grace of their ability to fly and most importantly birds are admired for the role they play in the ecosystem. Yes, birds contribute to the environment directly and indirectly. This is often called “Ecosystem Services”. Many ecologically important plants require pollination by birds, and some birds (e.g. hawks and owls) feed on pests such as rodents while flycatchers and their allies consume a large number of insects each year.

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

Yellow-wattled Lapwings are endemic to the Indian Subcontinent (Vishwas Thakker)
The Yellow-vented Bulbul is a resident breeder in south-eastern Asia from Indochina to the Philippines. It is found in a wide variety of open habitats, but not deep forest. Photographed in Singapore (Lil’tograph Lilian Sng)
Yellow-crowned Night Herons are colonial birds who often nest in mixed colonies with other herons, egrets, and ibis (Kelly Hunyt)
The White-breasted Kingfisher is widely distributed in Asia from the Sinai east through the Indian subcontinent to the Philippines. This species is resident over much of its range, although some populations are known to make short distance movements (Vaibhav Sheth)
Rose-ringed Parakeet at the Lodhi Garden, Delhi (Ashok Appu)
The Red-tailed Minla is the only species in the genus Minla. This species is found in the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia (Samir Sachdeva)
Red Avadavat or Red Munia at Chilla Khadar, Delhi (Vijay Singh)
Male Painted Sandgrouse at Sariska, Rajasthan (Arindam Saha)
Painted Bush Quails move in small conveys on hillsides and are distinguished by their red bills and legs (Ramesh Aithal)
Oriental Pratincole – is also known as the Grasshopper bird or Swallow Plover. It is a wader bird. Photographed as Sultanpur flats, Haryana (Dr. Sanjay Solanki)
The Burrowing Parrot is also known as the Patagonian Conure, and in some places it is called the Burrowing Parakeet. Photographed in Chile (Jorge De La Torre Aninat)
Indian Roller in Bangalore, India (Praveen k Bhat)
Green Barbets are found in Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique and South Africa. Its isolated populations are vulnerable to forest clearing (Avishek Mukherjee)
The Fire-tufted Barbet is native to Peninsular Malaysia and Sumatra, where it inhabits tropical moist lowland and montane forests. Photographed at Fraser’s Hill, Pahang, Malaysia (Julian Chong Zhui Heng)
Crimson Sunbird (Male) photographed at Coochbehar, West Bengal (Prashanta Bhattacharjee)
The Crested Serpent Eagle is a medium sided bird of prey found in forested habitats across tropical Asia. Photo taken at the Kuldiha Wildlife Sanctuary in India (Gargi Biswas)
Coppersmith Barbet, also known as the Crimson-breasted Barbet or Coppersmith, is known for its metronomic call that sounds similar to a coppersmith striking metal with a hammer. Photographed at Kota (Shashi Dushyant)
The Chestnut tailed Starling is a resident or partially migratory species found in wooded habitats in India and Southeast Asia (Sarabjit Singh Bhinder)
Changeable Hawk-eagle So named because of its highly variable plumage (Manish Ahuja)
The changeable hawk-eagle or crested hawk-eagle is a large bird of prey species of the family Accipitridae. More informal or antiquated English common names include the marsh hawk-eagle or Indian crested hawk-eagle (Deepak Singla)
The Brown-throated Sunbird is sometimes called the Plain-throated Sunbird. It is found in a wide range of semi-open habitats in south-east Asia, ranging from Myanmar to the Lesser Sundas and west Philippines. Photo taken in Pahang, Malaysia (Richard Chong)
The Brown Headed Barbet Photographed at Mangar,Haryana (Aman sharma)
The Black-Crowned Night Heron is normally shortened to just Night Heron in Eurasia. Photographed in Mumbai, India (Dakshesh Ashra)
The Black-winged Kite is also known as the Black-shouldered Kite. This is a small diurnal bird of prey best known for its habit of hovering over open grasslands in the manner of the much smaller kestrels (Niladri Kundu)
Bewick’s Wren photographed at Mountain View, California (Dr SS Suresh)

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 Abigail Ramudzuli, Campaign Manager

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Steve Boyes
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.