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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: August

Thank you to all the photographers that submitted photos of birds with the theme August. Birds are admired for their beauty and their ability to fly and most importantly birds are admired for the role they play in the ecosystem. These pictures create awareness about the variety and beauty of birds in our environment. Here...

Thank you to all the photographers that submitted photos of birds with the theme August. Birds are admired for their beauty and their ability to fly and most importantly birds are admired for the role they play in the ecosystem. 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 Rose-Ringed Parakeet is one of the few parrot species that have successfully adapted to living in disturbed areas or habitats. Photo taken at Gujarat, India (Dakshesh Ashra)
Atlantic Puffins are also known as Common Puffins, this is the only puffin species native to the Atlantic Ocean. The Atlantic Puffin breeds on the coasts of northwest Europe, the Arctic fringes and eastern North America. Photographed at Staple Island, England (Gargi Biswas)
The Black Bulbul is sometimes called the Himalayan Black Bulbul or the Asian Black Bulbul. This bird is known to be quite noisy, making different loud cheeping, mewing and grating calls. Photographed at Sattal, Uttarakhand, India (Tanishi S Nayaka)
Black-rumped Flameback, or the Lesser Golden-backed Woodpecker. photographed at Westbengal, India (Amrita pal)
Black Skimmer, though like adults in overall appearance, juvenile Black Skimmers will not get their telltale adult plumage until the summer after they are born. Photo taken in the USA (Kelly Hunt)
Blue-throated Blue-flycatcher is found in dense undergrowth and ravines in dry broadleaf evergreen and mixed deciduous forests. Photographed at Darjeeling, India (Samir Sachdeva)
The Calliope Hummingbird is known to be the smallest breeding bird found in Canada and the United States. The breeding habitat is varied among open shrub habitats and altitudes. The Calliope Hummingbird is a migratory bird and they are believed to be the smallest-bodied long-distance migrant in the world. Photographed at Republic, Washington (Jola Charlton)
The Carib Grackle is a colonial breeder, with several deep, lined cup nests often built in one tree. Photographed at Bubali, Aruba (Michiel Oversteegen)
Common Guillemot, also known as the Common Murre, is a persuit-diver that forages for food by swimming underwater using wings for propulsion. Photographed at Hornoya, Norway (Michalis Kotsakis)
The Common Kingfisher is also known as the Eurasian Kingfisher or the River Kingfisher. This is a widely distributed species in Europe, Asia and North Africa. It is a common breeder over much of its vast Eurasian range, but in North Africa it is mainly a winter visitor. Photographed at Purbasthli, West Bengal (Aparna Mondal)
The Crested Serpent Eagle is a medium-sized bird of prey found in forested habitats across tropical Asia. Photo taken at Tadoba Andhari tiger Reserve, India (Narayanan Iyer)
Eastern Osprey having a meal. Photographed at Perth, Western Australia (Jamie Dolphin)
The Golden Oriole is the only member of the oriole family breeding in the Northern Hemisphere temperate regions. It is a summer migrant in Europe and western Asia and winters in central and southern Africa. Photographed at Bangalore, India (Vijita Asher
The Indian Roller is found to occur widely from West Asia to the Indian Subcontinent. This bird is known for its aerobatic displays of males during the breeding season. Photo taken at Ranathambhaur, Rajasthan (Dr. Sanjay Solanki)
Keel-billed Toucan, also known as Sulfur-breasted Toucan or the Rainbow-billed Toucan, is a national bird of Belize. This bird is found from Southern Mexico to Venezuela and Columbia. Photographed at the Costarican Jungle (Ramesh Aithal)
The Orange-headed Thrush is a common bird in well-wooded areas of the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia. Most of its populations are resident. The Orange-headed Thrush is known to be a shy, secretive bird usually found alone or in pairs, but it is more easily seen than many other Zoothera thrushes. Photographed at Nagpur, Maharashtra, India (Narendra Nikhare)
the Pacific Swallow seen AT Selangor, Malaysia (Richard Chong)
Pallid Harrier, sometimes called the Pale Harrier, is a migratory bird of prey of the harrier family. The Pallid Harrier breeds in the southern parts of eastern Europe and central Asia and winters in India and southeast Asia (Aravind Venkatraman)
The Semipalmated Plover is a small migratory plover and IT winterS in coastal areas of the southern United States, the Caribbean and much of South America. Photo taken in New Jersey, USA (Anne Harlan)
Sykes’s Lark Photographed at Nagpur, Maharashtra, India (Indranil Bhattacharjee)
Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher photographed at Pune, Maharashtra (Akshay Gotkhindi)
The Verditer Flycatcher is an Old World flycatcher found from the Himalayas through Southeast Asia to Sumatra. Photographed at Kalatop Forest Hills, Dalhousie (Tarun Kapoor)
The White -breasted Nuthatch has nine subspecies, although the differences are small and change gradually across its range. The breeding range covers woodlands across North America, from southern Canada in northern Florida and southern Mexico. Photographed at Milford, Michigan , USA (Dr SS Suresh)
White-throated Kingfisher, sometimes called the White-breASted Kingfisher, is a widely distributed kingfisher in Asia from the Sinai east through the Indian Subcontinent to the Philippines. Photographed at the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, India (Abhaya Shukla)
A juvenile White Wagtail photographed at Nagpur, Maharashtra, India (Vikram Bahal)

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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.