Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: September

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

Cattle Egret, this is a cosmopolitan species of heronfound in the tropics, subtropics, and arm-temperate zones. The Cattle Egret feeds on a wide range of prey, particularly insects, especially grasshoppers, crickets, flies and moths. They can also take frogs and earthworms. Photo taken in Mithapur, Gujarat, India (Chirag Parmar)
The Wood Sandpiper is a small wader. It is the smallest of the shanks, which are mid-sized long-legged waders. Photo taken at Indore, Madhya Pradesh (Reitesh Khabia)
The American Avocet is a large wader in the avocet and stilt family. This species was formerly found across most of the United States until it extirpated from the East Coast. Photographed at Laramie, Wyoming USA (Emil August)
The Black-naped Woodpecker has a large range, being found in the Himalayas from northern Pakistan through northern India, Nepal, and Bhutan into southern, central and eastern China. Photographed in Maharashtra, India (Uday Wandkar)
lack-tailed Godwits have a discontinuous breeding range stretching from Iceland to the far east of Russia. They breed in river valley fens, floods at the edges of large lakes, raised bogs and moorlands. Photographed at Mangalajodi, Odisha (Amrita Pal)
Common Gallinule photographed at the Bubali Bird Sanctuary, Aruba (Michiel Oversteegen)
The Common Kingfisher is also known as the Eurasian Kingfisher or River Kingfisher, is a small kingfisher with seven subspecies recognized within its distribution range. It Is widely distributed over Europe, Asia and North Africa. Photographed in Satay, Singapore (Wilson Chua)
The Crimson Sunbird is a resident breeder in tropical southern Asia from India, through Nepal, Bangladesh and Myanmar to Indonesia. Photographed at the Dairy Farm Nature Park, Singapore (Wilson Chua)
Grey-headed Canary-flycatcher Photographed at Barot Valley, Himachal Pradesh (Gagan Bedi)
The Great Indian Hornbill is also known as the Great Hornbill or the Great Pie Hornbill. This hornbill is found in the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia. The great hornbill is long-lived, living for nearly 50 years in captivity. It is predominantly frugivorous, but is an opportunist and will prey on small mammals, reptiles and bird (Prasan UKp)
Indian Golden Oriole in Nagpur, Maharashtra, India (Narendra Nikhare)
The Indian Paradise Flycatcher is native to Asia where it is widely distributed. Males of this species have elongated central tail feathers, and a black and rufous plumage in some populations, while others have white plumage. Females are short tailed with rufous wings and black head. Photographed in Sattal, Uttarakhand, India (Poonam S Nayaka)
The Laughing Gull retreats south in the Fall, migrating as far as northern South America. Photographed in the USA (Kelly Hunt)
Lesser Whistling Duck, sometimes called the Indian Whistling Duck or the Lesser Whistling Teal, are nocturnal feeders. During the day they may be found in flocks around lakes and wet paddy fields. Photographed at Gardens by the Bay, Singapore (Wilson Chua)
The Long-tailed Shrike, or Rufous-backed Shrike, is a member of the bird family Laniidae, the shrikes. This species is widely distributed across Asia. Photographed at Panchkula, Haryana, India (Sarabjit Singh Bhinder)
The Paddy Field Pipit is found in open habitats, especially short grassland and cultivation with open bare ground. This species breeds throughout the year, but mainly in the dry seasons. Photo taken at Sultanpur, Haryana (Vijay Singh)
Purple-rumped Sunbirds are endemic to the Indian Subcontinent. These birds breed throughout the year and they may sometimes have two broods, mainly during the monsoons. Photographed Kolhapur, Maharashtra (Maya Patil)
Other names for the Red Avadavat are Red Munia or Strawberry Finch. Photographed at the Aravali biodiversity, Haryan, India (Kumar Kumud Gangesh)
The Rufous Treepie is native to the Indian Subcontinent and adjoining parts of Southeast Asia. Its range is widespread, covering all of mainland India up to the Himalayas, Pakistan and southeasterly in a broad band into Bangladesh, Burma, Laos and Thailand. Photo taken at the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, Rajasthan, India (Alok Katkar)
The Small Minivet is a common resident breeder found in tropical southern Asia from the Indian Subcontinent east to Indonesia. Photographed in Nagpur, Maharashtra, India (Vikram Bahal)
The Spot-billed Pelican photographed at Chilika, Odisha (Aparna Mondal)
The Spotted Redshank is found in the Arctic across much of Eurasia, ffrom Lepland in the west to Chukotskaya in the east. Photo take in Chennai, India (Aravind Venkatraman)
The Stork Billed Kingfisher is a large kingfisher, widely but sparsely distributed in the tropical Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia, from India to Indonesia. Photographed at Kota, Rajasthan (Shashi Dushyant)
Streaked Spiderhunter in Teesta Bazaar, West Bengal, India (Feroze Hossain)
White-breasted Kingfisher, also known as White-throated Kingfisher, is a tree kingfisher widely distributed in Asia from Sinai east through the Indian Subcontinent to the Philippines. Photographed at Chilla Khadar, Delhi, India (Ashok Appu)

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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.