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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Wild Birds

Thank you to all the photographers that submitted photos of birds with the theme “Wild bird”, 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. Our mission is to build a global community around the freedom and...

Thank you to all the photographers that submitted photos of birds with the theme “Wild bird”, 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.

The Yellow Wagtail is a small, graceful, yellow and green bird. It spend much time walking or running on the ground. As its name implies, it wags its tail from time to time Photographed at Hussainiwala reservoir (Ferozepur), By Manish Ahuja
Yellow-bellied Prinia (Vijay Madan)
White Throated Kingfisher photographed at Dhanauri Wetlands, Greater Noida.(Krishna Kumari)
White-crested Laughingthrush is commonly found in foothill forests, up to elevations of 1600 m. It is thought to only remain in small numbers in Malaysia due to trapping, but in Singapore it has become well-established and may be displacing native birds with similar ground-foraging habits that are threatened by habitat fragmentation. Photographed in Sattal, Uttrakhand (Dr. Sanjay Solanki)
The Prairie Warbler’s population has declined 66% between 1966 and 2014. The populations around the world tend to move around, but the populations in Florida are thought to be permanent. This was photographed in the Dominican Republic with Forrest Rowland of Rockjumper – Worldwide Birding Adventures (Owen Deustch Photography)
Greater Flamebacks occur widely in the Indian subcontinent, eastwards to southern China, the Malay Peninsula, Sumatra, western and central Java and northeast Borneo. Photographed at Thattekad, Kerala, India (Senthilkumar Ramalingam)
Sanderlings run back and forth in the beach picking and probing for tiny prey in the wet sand. They have obsessive wave chasing habit. Photographed in British, Columbia (Dr.Jayaraj Padmanabhan)
Rufous-capped Warbler – Beauty is all around us. Taking care of our environment is a duty and a responsibility that must be done systematically, in order to have the opportunity to observe expressions like the one frozen in the picture. Photographed at Totogalpa, Madriz, Nicaragua (Cynthia Tercero)
Rufous Sibia in West Bengal, India (Feroze Hossain)
Just like other lapwings, the Red-wattled Lapwing is a ground dwelling bird incapable of perching. Photographed at Bap, Rajasthan, India (Subrata Das)
Eurasian curlew photographed at Sultanpur flats, Haryana (Dr. Sanjay Solanki)
The Laughing Kookaburra is one of the Halcyoninae kingfishers. It is a large robust kingfisher with a whitish head and a dark eye-stripe. This bird is native to eastern mainland Australia, but it has been introduced to some parts of the New Zealand, Tasmania and western Australia. Photographed in Sydney, NSW, Australia (Paneendra BA)
The Jerdon’s Nightjar is found in southern India and Sri Lanka. It is best recognized by its distinctive call which sounds like a wooden plank being beaten periodically with each note ending in a quaver. Photographed at Thattekad, Kerala (Kannika Nagarajan)
Indian Roller photographed in Tadoba, Maharashtra, India (Raghuvamsh Chavali)
The Egyptian Vulture is also known as the White Scavenger Vulture or Pharaoh’s Chicken. It is a small Old World vulture widely distributed from the Iberian Peninsula and North Africa to India. Photographed at Gandhi Sagar, Madhya Pradesh (Reitesh Khabia)
The Diard’s Trogon is found in Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand. Photographed at Pahang, Malaysia (Richard Chong)
D’Arnaud’s Barbet is a small East African barbet that feeds on insects, fruits, and seeds. Photographed in Serengeti, Tanzania (Joshua Sant)
The Crested Treeswift is a resident bird in the Indian subcontinent. Found in small groups, perching atop a leafless tall tree sitting upright. Photographed at Sindhudurg, Maharashtra (Pallavi Raut)
The Crested Pigeon is found widely distributed in mainland Australia except for the far northern tropical areas. There are two Australian pigeon species that possess an erect crest. Photographed in Sydney, NSW, Australia (Paneendra BA)
Crested Hawk-eagle, also known as the Changeable Hawk-eagle, is a large bird of prey. The extensive range of this Hawk-eagle includes much of the Indian Subcontinent and southeast Asia. Photographed at Nandi Hills, Karnataka (T P Prabhakar)
The Common Tailorbirds is found across tropical Asia. Tailorbirds are found singly or in pairs, usually low in the undergrowth or trees, sometimes hopping on the ground. They forage for insects and have been known to feed on a range of beetles and bugs Photographed at Bhatinda, Punjab (PS Bhandari)
Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrush in Sattal, Uttarakhand. This bird is found in the northern regions of the Indian Subcontinent, eastwards towards parts of Southeast Asia. Its natural habitat is temperate forests (Aparna Mondal)
Baya Weaver photographed at Durgapur, West Bengal, India (Subham Chowdhury)
The Bay-backed Shrike is a widespread resident breeder in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal and India. Males and females are similar, but juveniles have a washed-out version of the adult birds. Photo taken at Surajpur, India (Meeshan Agrawalx)
The Asian Koel is a brood parasite and lays its single egg in the nests of a variety of birds, including the Jungle Crow. Photographed in Indore, Madhya Pradesh (Reitesh Khabia)

Our mission is to build a global community around the freedom and beauty of birds in the wild as ambassadors for the natural ecosystems that they depend upon. They are the music, decoration, and character of every terrestrial habitat on the planet and have been around since the dinosaurs. They are the witnesses and ambassadors of the awesome power of nature. The wide availability of good, cheap optics has opened their world to us for the last few decades. Amazing, affordable DSLR cameras with long lenses are delivering brilliant digital bird imagery to online communities.

We are in a day-and-age during which more bird species are threatened with extinction than ever before. The Wild Birds! Revolution aims to publish the “Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week” to 1 million people every week by the end of the year. That is a revolution that will change the world! Join thousands of other weekend naturalists, photographers, birders, experts, hikers, nature-lovers, guides, scientists, conservationists and artists that share the thousands of wild bird photographs submitted to the Wild Bird Trust website and Facebook page. Thousands of wild bird enthusiasts are going out every day to photograph our planet’s beautiful birdlife. Pick up your camera, fill your bird feeder, open your heart, and join the Wild Birds! Revolution!!

Edited by Abigail Ramudzuli, Campaign Manager

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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.