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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: July

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 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 July, 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.

The Black Bulbul is also known as the Himalayan Black Bulbul. This bird feed mainly on seeds and insects, and they are often seen in small groups. Photo taken in Bhutan (Deepa Javdekar)
Black-lored Tit, sometimes called the Himalayan Black-lored Tit, is probably the closest relative of the Yellow-cheeked Tit. Photographed in Sattal, Uttarakhand (Aparna Mondal)
The Blue-winged Minla/Siva is found in the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia. Iyts habitat is subtropical or tropical moist montane forests. Photographed in Sattal, Uthrakhand, India (Jasvir Faridkot)
Brown-fronted Woodpeckers are medium sized, pied woodpeckers with yellow in crown. This species ranges across the northern regions of the Indian subcontinent, primarily the lower-to-middle altitudes of the Himalayas. Photo taken in Sattal, Uttarakhand, India (Kumar Kumud Gangesh)
The Changeable Hawk-eagle is a large bird of prey species. Some of its informal common names include the March Hawk-eagle or Indian Crested Hawk-eagle (Dr. Sanjay Solanki)
Common Hoopoe in Mecheda, India (Avishek Mukherjee)
The Coppersmith Barbet has a crimson forehead and throat. The bird is known for its metronomic call that sounds similar to a coppersmith striking metal with a hammer (Vijay Singh)
The Eurasian Collared-dove is native to Europe and Asia, and the species has been introduced to North America. It is sometimes called the Collared Dove. Photographed in Nagpur, Maharashtra, India (Indranil Bhattacharjee)
The Greater Short-toed Lark is a common wanderer to northern and western Europe in spring and autumn. Most of the southernmost populations are migratory, wintering south to the southern edge of the Sahara and India (Vijay Madan)
Green-tailed Sunbird at Phrumsingla National Park (Ramesh Aithal)
Grey Winged Blackbirds are found in south-eastern Asia from the Himalayas to northern Vietnam. The natural habitat of the Grey-winged Blackbird is subtropical or tropical moist montane forests. Photographed in Sattal, Uttarakhand, India (Vidya Vijay Kulkarni)
Common Hill Myna, sometimes spelled “Mynah”, is the most commonly seen myna in aviculture, where it is often simply referred to by the Hill Myna. Photo taken at Ganesh Gudi, Karnataka (Ramesh Aithal)
The Himalayan Bulbul is found in the northern regions of the Indian subcontinent and some adjoining areas. This bird is found in the Himalayan (Manish Ahuja)
Indian Golden Oriole Photographed at the Ranthambore National Park Rajasthan, India (Arindam Saha)
The Indian Peacock is a large and brightly coloured bird native to the Indian subcontinent. This bird has been introduced in many other parts of the world. Photographed at Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve, India (Abhaya Shukla)
Indian White Eye Photographed in Munnar, Kerala, India (Ashok Appu)
The Knob-billed Duck is found in tropical wetlands in Sub-Saharan Africa, Madagascar and south Asia from Pakistan to Laos and extreme southern China. Photo taken in Jamnagar, Gujarat, India (Vishwas Thakker)
The Little Blue Heron is a colonial nesting bird that nests in small trees and low shrubs. Photographed in the USA (Kelly Hunt)
Olive-backed Sunbird photographed in Singapore (Lil’tography Lilian Sng)
The Oriental Honey Buzzard is also known as the Crested Honey Buzzard. It is a summer migrant to Siberia, wintering in tropical Southeast Asia. It is more or less resident elsewhere. Photographed in Selangor, Malaysia (Julian Chong Zhui Heng)
The Red-wattled Lapwing is an Asian lapwing or large plover. Just like other lapwings, Red-wattled Lapwings are ground dwelling birds that are incapable of perching. In the photo here, it is seen distracting the Grifon Vulture approaching their eggs (Kapish Rai Photography)
Roseate Spoonbill photographed at the Bubali Bird Sanctuary, Aruba (Michiel Oversteegen)
Russet Sparrows are also called Cinnamon Tree Sparrows. Photographed in Git-Kolbong, West Bengal (Gargi Biswas)
The Sooty Barbet is found in Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, Sumatra and formerly Singapore where it is extirpated. Photographed in Selangor, Malaysia (Richard Chong)
Yellow-bellied Prinia Photographed in the outskirts of Barasat, West Bengal, India (Sinchan Ray)

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.