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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Resident Birds

Thank you to all the photographers that submitted photos of birds with the theme #Resident_birds. 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 #Resident_birds. 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 White-throated Kingfisher is also known as the White-breasted Kingfisher, it is widely distributed in Asia from Senai east through the Inidan Subcontinent to the Philippines. Although some populations may make short distance movement, this kingfisher is a resident over much of its range. Photographed at Madurai, Tamilnadu, India (Pavanasam Velayutham)
The Indian White-eye was formerly known as the Oriental White-eye. It is a resident breeder in open woodland on the Indian Subcontinent. This species has a wide range of habitats from scrub to moist forest. They can sometimes be found in mangrove areas such as in the Karachi area. Photographed at Palani Hills, India (Radhakrishnan Sadasivam)
The Velvet-fronted Nuthatch is found in southern Asia from Nepal, India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh east to south China and Indonesia. This species is found in forests with good tree cover and are often found along with other species in mixed-species foraging flocks. Photo taken at Palani Hills, India (Radhakrishnan Sadasivam)
The Snowy-browed Flycatcher is widespread and reasonably common. It is found in in Nepal, uncommon in Bhutan and North eastern India. Photo taken in Pahang, Malaysia (Richard Chong)
Rufous-winged Woodpecker photographed in Costa Rica (Carlos Balanõs)
Rose-ringed Parakeet, is sometimes called the Ring-necked Parakeet. This species has a disjuct native ranges in Africa and South Asia, and is now introduced into many other parts of the world where feral populations have established themselves. Photographed at West Bengal, India (Firdousi Ahmed)
The Pied Kingfisher is one of the species of water kingfishers widely distributed across Africa and Asia. It is common throughout sub-Saharan and Southern Asia from Turkey to India to China. This is a resident species and most birds do not migrate, other than short-distance seasonal movements. Photographed at Uttar Pradesh, India (Ashok Appu)
The Orange-headed Thrush is common in well-wooded areas of the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia. Most populations of this species are resident. Photographed at Thatekad, Kerala (E. Arun Kumar)
The Olive-Backed Sunbird is also known as the Yellow-bellied Sunbird. This sunbird is common across southern China and Southeast Asia to Queensland and the Solom Islands. Photo taken at Sungei Buloh, Singapore (Ted Ng)
Mottled Wood Owls are found in gardens and deciduous forests adjacent to dry thorn forests or farmland. They roost in trees during the day choosing a branch with dense foliage. Photo taken at Nagpur, Maharashtra, India (Narendra Nikhare)
Lesser Flameback Woodpecker photographed at Baruipur, Kolkata (Soumyo Chatterjee)
Koklass Pheasant, the shy skulker of the montane forest coming out the bushes in its natural habitats. Photographed at Chopta, Uttarakhand, India (Bhargab Mukherjee)
The Keel-billed Toucan is also known as the Sulfur-breasted Toucan or Rainbow-billed Toucan. It is the national bird of Belize. This bird can be found from Southern Mexico to Venezuela and Colombia. Photo taken at Costarican Jungle (Ramesh Aithal)
Indian Grey Hornbill photographed at Pune, Maharashtra, India (Alok Katkar)
The Indian Courser is found in the mainland of South Asia, mainly in the plains bounded by the Ganges and Indus river systems. This bird occurs in dry stony, scrubby or rocky country but rarely on sandy terrain. Photograph taken at Coimbatore, Tamilnadu (Renuka Vijayaraghavan)
Himalayan Bulbul, this species is found in the northern regions of the Indian Subcontinent and some adjoining areas. It is found in and near the Himalayas. Photographed at Sattal, Uttrakhand (Aparna Mondal)
The Helmeted Guineafowl is the well-known of the guineafowl bird family, Numinidae. It is native to Africa, mainly south of the Sahara but it has been widely introduced into the West Indies, Brazil, Australia and Europe. Photographed at Serengeti, Tanzania (Nutan Joshi)
The Grey-crested Tit is found in the Himalayan foothills and southern-central China. Its natural habitats are temperate forests and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests. Photographed at Paro, Bhutan (Sandipan Ghosh)
The Grey Crowned Crane has more than ten other names. This bird is found in eastern and southern Africa, and is the national bird of Uganda. Photographed at Amboseli, Kenya (Subhamoy Das)
Unlike many other species of the genus Dicaeum, the Fire-breasted Flowerpecker has marked sexual dimorphism with the male having contrasting upper and lower parts with distinctive bright orange breast patch. Females are duller coloured. Photo taken at Bhutan (Deepa Javdekar)
The European Robin, also known as the Robin or Robin Redbreast in the British Isles, was also formerly classified as a member of the thrush family but it is now considered to be an Old World flycatcher. Photographed at Southampton, England, UK (Gargi Biswas)
The Blue Jay is resident through most of eastern and central United States, although western populations may be migratory. Resident populations are also found in Newfoundland, Canada, while breeding populations can be found across southern Canada. Photographed in USA (Kelly Hunt)
The Black-capped Kingfisher is. A widely distributed species in tropical Asia from India east to china, Korea and southeast Asia. The most northerly populations are resident over much of this species’ range but northern populations are migratory. (Sujoy Sarkar Photography)
The Black-and-orange Flycatcher at Ooty Sims Park (Ramesh Aithal)
The Oriental Magpie Robin was formerly grouped with thrushes, but it is now considered an Old World flycatcher. This species is found in the Indian Subcontinent and some parts of Southeast Asia. Photo taken at Baruipur, Kolkata Photographed (Soumyo Chatterjee)

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