Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Little Brown Jobs (LBJs)

Little brown job (LBJ) is an informal name used by a lot of birdwatchers for any of the large number of species of small brown passerine birds, many of which are very difficult to distinguish. This is especially true for females, which lack much of the coloring that is observed in males.

Thank you to all the photographers that submitted photos of birds with the theme LBJs. These pictures 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 Australasian Reed-Warbler photographed at Perth, Western Australia (Jamie Dolphin)
The Bengal Bush Lark is as long as the Skylark. This bird is a resident breeder in the Indian Subcontinent and southeast Asia. It is a common bird in dry, open and stony areas often with sparse shrubs and cultivated areas (Vijay Singh)
The Booted Warbler was previously considered to be conspecific with Sykes’ but these two are now considered to be separate species (Satyajit Roy)
The Brown Songlark is sometimes called the Australian Songlark. Males and females of this species differ significantly in size and it is a widely distributed species in Australia. Phoographed at Pilbara, Western Australia (Peter Russell)
Most populations of the Clamorous Reed Warbler are sedentary. Birds that breed in Pakistan, Afghanistan and north India are known to be migratory, wintering in Peninsular India and Sri Lanka. Photographed at the Vellode Bird Sanctuary, India (Radhakrishnan Sadasivam)
The Crested Lark is easily distinguishable from the other 81 lark species by the crest of feathers. This is a non-migratory bird, but it can occasionally be found as a vagrant in Great Britian. Photo taken at Lesvos, Greece (Antonis Tsaknakis)
The Desert Lark is mainly found in deserts and semi-deserts from Morocco to Western India. This species is widely distributed and it does not have obvious threats. Photo taken in Ibri, Sultanate of Oman (Dr SS Suresh)
The Eurasian Reed Warbler is sometimes just called the Reed Warbler, is an Old World Warbler that breeds across Europe into temperate western Asia. Photographed at The Hague, Netherlands (Amrita Pal)
The Familiar Chat is a common resident bird that breeds in Africa, south of the Sahara in rocky and mountainous habitat and around human habitation. Photo taken at Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve, South Africa (Anthony Roberts)
Ferruginous babbler photographed at Pahang, Malaysia (Julian Chong Zhui Heng)
The Greater Short-toed Lark is a fairly common wandere to northern ans western Europe in spring and autumn. Photographed in Surajpur, Uttar Pradesh, India (Samir Sachdeva)
The House Sparrow is found in many parts of the world. This species is strongly associated with areas inhabited by humans and it can be found in urban or rural settings. Photographed in India (Vijita Asher)
The Indian Bush Lark is most commonly found in arid areas. Places where it can be found are Pakistan and north-western, central and south-central India. Photographed at Nagpur, India (Indranil Bhattacharjee)
Nilgiri Pipit in Eravikulam National Park, India (Poonam S Nayaka)
The Olive-backed Pipit is a long-distance migrating species moving in winter to southern Asia and Indonesia. Photographed at Darjeeling, India (Samir Sachdeva)
The Oriental Skylark is sometimes called the Small Skylark (Subhabrata Dutta Gupta)
The Paddyfield Pipit is a widely distributed species found in open habitats, especially short grassland and cultivation with open bare ground. Photographed at Trichur Kerala, India (Dr SS Suresh)
Plain Prinia, sometimes called the Plain Wren-warbler or White-browed Wren-warbler, is a small cisticolid warbler found in southeast Asia (Vishwas Thakker)
The Red-throated Pipit is similar in appearance to the Meadow Pipit and in autumn times it closely resembles the Tree Pipit is the case. Photo taken at Oropos lagoon, Greece (Antonis Tsaknakis)
Eurasian Reed Warbler Photographed at Akrotiri, Cyprus (Michalis Kotsakis)
Rufous tailed lark, also known as the Rufous-tailed Finch-lark, is a ground dwelling bird found in dry open stony habitats of India and some parts of Pakistan. Photographed in Nagpur, Maharashtra, India (Narendra Nikhare)
Sykes Lark Photographed at Karnataka, India (Praveen K Bhat)
The Tawny Pipit is a migratory bird which moves in winter to tropical Africa and the Indian subcontinent. It breeds in much of the temperate Europe and Asia, and north-western Africa. Photo taken in Ibri, Sultanate of Oman (Dr SS Suresh)
The African Pipit is also known as the Grassveld Pipit or Grassland Pipit. It was formerly grouped together with several other pipits, which all resembled each other. Photo taken at the Nairobi National Park in Nairobi, Kenya (Owen Deutsch Photography)
The Zitting Cisticola is sometimes called the Streaked Fantail Warbler. It is a widely distributed bird breeding in southern Europe, Africa and southern Asia to northern Australia. Photographed at the Samaspur Bird Sanctuary, India (Poonam S Nayaka)

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