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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: October

Birds are admired for their beauty, songs, and the grace of their ability to fly and most importantly birds are admired for the role they play in the ecosystem. Thank you to all the photographers that submitted photos of birds with the theme October, your pictures can create awareness about the variety and beauty of...

Birds are admired for their beauty, songs, and the grace of their ability to fly and most importantly birds are admired for the role they play in the ecosystem.

Thank you to all the photographers that submitted photos of birds with the theme October, your pictures can create awareness about the variety and beauty of birds in our environment. Here we present the Top 25 photographs of birds of the week.

Black Winged Stilt Chick photographed at Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India. This species is widely distributed and it is sometimes called the Pied Stilt, but this name has been reserved for the Australian species, Himantopus leucocephalus (Reitesh Khabia)
The Blue Rock Thrush is a species of chat. Populations found in Europe, north Africa and southeast Asia are mainly resident, apart from altitudinal movements. Blue Rock Thrushes breed in open mountainous areas, nesting in rock cavities and walls. Photo taken at Penang, Malaysia (Harn Sheng Khor)
Blue-Tailed Bee-Eater taking a dip at Kathlaur Kulshian Wildlife Sanctuary, Pathankot, India (Vishesh Kamboj
The Blue-tailed Bee-eater is a brightly coloured, slender bird just like other bee-eaters. It is a species that breeds in sub-tropical open country, such as farmland, parks or ricefields. Most often, it is seen near large open waterbodies. Photographed at Kumarakom, Kerala, India (Uday Wandkar)
Other names for the Coppersmith Barbet are Crimson-breasted Barbet or just the Coppersmith. This is an Asian barbet with crimson forehead and throat, known for its metronomic call that sounds like a coppersmith striking metal with a hammer. Photo taken at Baruipur, Kolkata, India (Soumyo Chatterjee)
The European Starling is also known as the Common Starling, or just the Starling in the British Isle. This species has shown a decline in its population number in some parts of northern and western Europe since the 1980s as a result of fewer grassland invertebrates being available as they serve as food for growing chicks. Photographed in London, England, UK (Gargi Biswas)
The Green Bee-eater is sometimes called the Little Green Bee-eater, it is a widely distributed species across sub-Saharan Africa from Senegal and The Gambia to Ethiopia, the Nile Valley, western Arabia and Asia through India to Vietnam. Photo taken at Valley school, Bangalore (Krishna Kumari)
The Green heron is a small heron of North and Central America. This species if found in small wetlands in low-lying areas and it is easli seen during dusk and dawn (Henser Villela)
Hoffmann’s woodpecker photographed at Managua, Nicaragua (Cynthia Tercero)
The Magnificent Frigatebird is a seabird of the frigatebird family Fregatidae. It is widespread in the tropical Atlantic, breeding colonially in trees in Florida, the Caribbean and also along the Pacific coast of the Americas from Mexico to Ecuador, including the Galápagos Islands. Photo taken at, Yucatán, México (J bernardo Sánchez)
Mountain Bluebirds breed in open country across western North America, including mountainous areas as far as north of Alaska. This photo was taken at Laramie, Wyoming, USA (Emil Baumbach)
Open-bill stork photographed at Lucknow, UP (Prakash Vir Singh)
The Plaintive Cuckoo is native to Asia, from India, Nepal and China to Indonesia. This bird is found in forest areas, along the edges, in open woodland, scrub, grassland, farmland, parks and gardens. It mainly feeds on invertebrates. Just like many other cuckoos, it is a brood parasite, laying its eggs (Richard Chong)
The Red-headed Bunting is a migratory species, wintering in India and Bangladesh. These birds breed in central Asia in areas where there are open scrubby areas including agricultural land. Photo taken at Faridkot, Punjab (Gagan Bedi)
The Red Whiskered Bulbul is also known as the crested Bulbul. It is a resident bird found in tropical Asia but it has been introduced in many tropical areas of the world where populations have established themselves. Photo taken at Perak, Malaysia. (Richard Chong)
Ruff, seen at Jamnagar, Gujrat, India (Vivek Joshi)
The Rusty-cheeked Scimitar Babbler inhabits subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests at elevations over 2000 m. Photographed at Uttarakhand, India (Soumendu Das)
The Cuban Orioles are endemic to the island of Cuba and the neighbouring Isla de la Juventud, formerly known as Isla de Pinos. Both sexes look the same. This bird was photographed at Las Terrazas Nature Reserve with a guide Forrest Rowland of Rockjumper – Worldwide Birding Adventures (Owen Deutsch Photography)
The Vernal Hanging Parrot is a small parrot which is a resident breeder in the Indian Subcontinent and some other areas of Southeast Asia. This species nest in tree cavities, and these nests are lined with fragments of leaves. Photographed at Thekkady, Kerala, India (Vidjit Vijaysanker)
The White-naped Woodpecker is a widespread woodpecker yet a scarce breeder in the Indian Subcontinent. It is a species associated with open forest and scrub with some trees. Photo taken at Bangalore, Karnataka, India (Praveen K Bhat)
White-throated kingfisher is also known as the White-breasted Kingfisher. It is a tree kingfisher, widely distributed in Asia. Photographed at Ferozepur, Punjab, India (Manish Ahuja)
The Wilson’s Plover is a coastal wader which breeds on both the coasts of the Americas from the equator northwards (Michiel Oversteegen)
Other names for the Yellow billed stork are the Wood Stork or Wood Ibis. It is a large African wading stork species. The species is widespread in region south of the Sahara and it is also found in Madagascar. Photo taken at the Okavango Delta, Botswana (Elissa Title)
Yellow browed Bulbul is sometimes called the Golden-browed Bulbul. It is found in the forests of southern India and Sri Lanka, and it has been considered as the wet-zone counterpart of the dry-zone White-browed Bulbul. Photo taken at the Koyna wildlife Century, Maharashtra, India (Maya Patil)
Yellow-throated Sparrow photographed at Nagpur, Maharashtra, India (Vikram Bahal)

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Meet the Author

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.