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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Migration

As the Southern Hemisphere approaches spring, the north is getting into autumn. This marks an important time for bird migration. Migration is the regular seasonal movement, often north and south, undertaken by many species of birds. Bird movements include those made in response to changes in food availability, habitat, or weather. Thank you to all...

As the Southern Hemisphere approaches spring, the north is getting into autumn. This marks an important time for bird migration. Migration is the regular seasonal movement, often north and south, undertaken by many species of birds. Bird movements include those made in response to changes in food availability, habitat, or weather.

Thank you to all the photographers that submitted photos of birds with the theme #Migration. 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 Blue-fronted Redstart is an Old World flycatcher which breeds in central China and the Himalayas. Photographed in Sattal, Uttarakhand, India (Dr. Divya Srivastava)
The Bar-headed Goose is considered to be the highest tracked migratory bird. This bird fly over the Himalayas from as far as Mongolia to the Indian Subcontinent. Photographed at Harike Wetlands (Manish Ahuja)
The Black Stork is a widely distributed yet an uncommon species. It breeds in scattered locations across Europe, and Asia to the Pacific Ocean. This bird is known to be a long distance migrant, with European populations wintering in tropical Sub-Saharan Africa. Photographed in Amravati Maharashtra (Gajendra Bawane)
The Black-legged Kittiwake feeding it’s chicks in Staple Island, England (Gargi Biswas)
The Blue-tailed Bee-eater is strongly migratory. It breeds in south-eastern Asia and it can be seasonally seen in much of the peninsular India. Photo taken in Ramnagar, Uttrakhand (Dr. Sanjay Solanki)
The Blue-throated Blue Flycatcher is a resident of north east India. This bird migrate to spend the summer around Himalayas and winters in south India (E. Arun Kumar)
The Bluethroat is a migratory insectivorous species breeding in wet birch wood or bushy swamp in Europe and Asia with a foothold in western Alaska. It nests in tussocks or low in dense bushes. It winters in north Africa and the Indian subcontinent (Ashish Singh)
Brown-headed Gulls are highly migratory birds. In the month of May, these Brown-headed Gull return to the breeding grounds in islands and surrounding marshes in large, cold, high altitude lakes of central Asia. Photographed at the Harike Wetlands, India (Manish Ahuja)
The Dalmatian Pelican usually takes short migrations. It migrates short distances with varying migration patterns during the year. This species is more actively migratory in Asia, where most of the birds that reed in Russia fly down for the winter to the central Middle East. Photographed at Rajkot, Gujarat, India (Dakshesh Ashra)
Eastern Imperial Eagle, it is a large bird of prey that breeds in south-eastern Europe and extensively through West and Central Asia. Most of its populations are migratory and winter in north-eastern Africa, the Middle East and South and East Asia. Photo taken in Uttar Pradesh, India (Ajad Singh)
Elegant Terns breed on the Pacific coasts of the southern United States and Mexico, and they winter south to Peru, Ecuador and Chile. Photo taken at Long Beach, California USA (Barbara Wallace)
The Eurasian Hobby is a long-distance migrant that breeds across Africa, Europe and Asia and winters in Africa and Asia. Photographed in Noida, Uttarpradesh, India (Kumar Kumud Gangesh)
Glossy Ibises undertake dispersal movements after breeding and are highly nomadic. They are fully migratory and travel on a broad front. Photographed at Harike Wetlands (Manish Ahuja)
Jacobin Cuckoo, sometimes called the Pied Cuckoo, is a member of the cuckoo order of birds that is found in Africa and Asia. It is partially migratory and in India, it has been considered a harbinger of the monsoon rains due to the timing of its arrival (Manish Ahuja)
The Killdeer is a large plover found in the Americas. Breeding populations can be found in the US, southern Canada and Mexico. The Killdeer is resident in the southern half of its breeding range. Photo taken in Puerto Rico (Raymond De Jesus Asencio)
The Lesser Kestrel is a summer migrant that winters in Africa and Pakistan and sometimes even in India and Iraq. It is very rare to spot north of its breeding range and the population is declining in its European range (Giridhar Vijay)
Little Stint. It is a small wader and a long distance migrant It is known to breed around the arctic European region and central Asia and migrates in the winter to India and Africa (E. Arun Kumar)
Long-legged Buzzard photographed in Delhi, India (Ashok Appu)
Malaysian Hawk-cuckoo, also known as the Malay Hawk-cuckoo, is found in far southern Burma, southern Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Borneo, Sumatra and western Java. Photo taken at Goldhill Avenue, Singapore (Fabius Tan)
The Red-crested Pochard is found in lowland marshes and lakes in southern Europe and Central Asia, wintering in the Indian Subcontinent and Africa. For this reason, it is somewhat considered migratory, and the northern birds winter further south into north Africa. Photographed in Gajoldoba Wetlands, West Bengal, India (Anirban Roychowdhury)
The Ruff is a gregarious, medium-sized wading bird that breeds in marshes and wet meadows across northern Eurasia. It is a migratory species and sometimes forms flocks in its winter grounds, which include southern and western Europe, Africa, southern Asia and Australia. Photo taken in Jamnagar, Gujarat, India (Vishwas Thakker)
The Siberian Blue Robin is a migratory insectivorous species that breed on east Asia across to Japan. It winters in southern and south-eastern Asia to Indonesia. Photographed in Selangor, Malaysia (Richard Chong)
Ultramarine Flycatcher photographed in Nagpur, Maharashtra, India (Narendra Nikhare)
White throated Kingfisher, also known as the White-breasted Kingfisher, is a widely distributed kingfisher in Asia from the Sinai east through the Indian Subcontinent to the Philippines. This species is a resident over much of its range but some populations take short distance movements. Photo taken at Dhanauri Wetlands, Uttar Pradesh (Himanshu Verma)
White wagtail photographed in West Bengal, India (Ajoy Kumar Dawn)

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