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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Communication

The song of birds can be soothing and inspiring, but birds sing for more than just the beauty of it. Birds use song, call notes and behavior to communicate with each other. Birds use sound and action to scare off predators or warn other birds about danger, to attract a mate or to defend one’s...

The song of birds can be soothing and inspiring, but birds sing for more than just the beauty of it. Birds use song, call notes and behavior to communicate with each other. Birds use sound and action to scare off predators or warn other birds about danger, to attract a mate or to defend one’s territory. Voice is often the most noticeable form of bird communication. The communication using sound includes singing, calls, squeaks, trills and many other sorts of sounds.

Thank you to all the photographers that submitted photos of birds with the theme Communication, 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.

White Throated Laughing Thrush photographed at Uttarakhand, India (Nishant Rana)
The White Throated Laughing Thrush is found mainly in the northern regions of the Indian subcontinent, primarily the Himalayas, and some adjoining areas (Gur Simrat Singh)
White Rumped Shama is a shy and somewhat crepuscular but very territorial. Photographed at the Sitabani Forest Range, India Photographed (Yogesh Kumar)
The Steppe Eagle was once considered to be closely related to the non-migratory Tawny eagle. Photographed at Kathgodam, Uttrakhand (Ashley Chiu)
Spotted Owlets photographed in West Bengal (Avishek Mukherjee)
Indian Silverbill, or White-throated Munia, is a small passerine bird found in the Indian Subcontinent and was formerly considered to include the closely related African Silverbill (Vijay Singh)
Sandhill Crane in Kensington Metro Park, Michigan, USA (Dr SS Suresh)
The Rufous Treepie is native to. The Indian subcontinentand adjoining parts of Southeast Asia (Manu Haran)
Rose ringed Parakeets beak lock at Bangalore, Karnataka, India (Praveen K Bhat)
The Red avadavat, sometimes called the Red Munia or the Strawberry Finch, is a sparrow-sized bird of the family Estrididae. It is found in open fields and grasslands of tropical Asia. Photographed at Kotagiri tTamilnad (Ramesh Aithal)
The Indian White Eye was formerly known as the Oriental White-eye. This is a resident breeder in open woodland on the Indian subcontinent (Mano Haran)
Jungle Babblers are gregarious birds that forage in small groups of six to ten bird. They are common birds in most parts of the Indian subcontinent and they are often seen in gardens within large cities as well as forested (Arjun Singh)
The Oriental Honey Buzzard is also known as the Crested Honey Buzzard. Photographed at Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan, India (Archna Singh)
Having a cuddle! Cape Bulbul’s photographed in the Western Cape of South Africa (Mary Walker)
The Greater Flamingo is the most widespread and largest species of the flamingo family. It is found in most parts of Africa, the Indian subcontinent, in the Middle East, and in southern Europe 9Aparna Mondal)
coppersmith barbet, sometimes called the Crimson-breasted barbet or Coppersmith, at Saryuwetland Ayodhya Outskirts, Uttar Pradesh (Ajad Singh)
Common Hoopoe at Durgapur, West Bengal (Aparna Mondal)
Cape Sparrows are only found in southern Africa. These are medium sides birds, with a distinctive plumage, including large pale heard stripes in both males and females. Photographed at the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa (Archna Singh)
The Brown headed Gull is a migratory bird which winters on the coasts and large inland lakes of the Indian subcontinent (Vishwas Thakker)
Blyth Starlings are sometimes referred to as Malabar Starlings. Photo taken in Thattekkad, Kerala (Mano Haran)
The Blue-whistling Thrush is known for its loud human-like whistling song at dawn and dusk. Phot taken at Ule, Ladakh, India (Ravi Muthuswamy)
Black-throated sunbird (a female and two juveniles) at Pahang, Malaysia (Julian Chong Zhui Heng)
The Black-rumped Flameback is also known as the Golden-backed Woodpecker or Lesser Golden-back. It is widely distributed in the Indian subcontinent. Photographed in Chandigarh, India (Amandeep Singh)
The European Bee-eater is a passerine bird which breeds in southern Europe and in parts of north Africa and western Asia. This is a strong migratory bird, wintering in tropical Africa. Photographed at Baux de Provence, France (Christian Bagnol)
An immature Brown Booby and a Brown Pelican at Arashi, Aruba (Michiel Oversteegen)

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

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: June

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