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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Camouflage

Cryptic coloration is a defense mechanism or tactic that organisms use to disguise their appearance, usually to blend in with their surroundings. One of the benefits of camouflage is that it helps birds to hide from their enemies. Many organisms make of use camouflage to mask their location, identity, and movement. Thank you to all...

Cryptic coloration is a defense mechanism or tactic that organisms use to disguise their appearance, usually to blend in with their surroundings. One of the benefits of camouflage is that it helps birds to hide from their enemies. Many organisms make of use camouflage to mask their location, identity, and movement.

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

Aruban Burrowing Owl, locally known as Shoco, is a small long-legged owl found throughout open landscapes of North and South America. Photographed at Westpunt, Aruba, the Caribbean (Michiel Oversteegen)
The Collard Scops Owl is a resident breeder in South Asia from northern Pakistan, northern India, Nepal, Bangladesh and the Himalayas east to south China. Photo taken at the Keshopur Wetlands, Gurdaspur, India (Vishesh Kamboj)
The Bengal Bush Lark is a resident breeder in the Indian Subcontinent and south -east Asia. It is a common bird of dry, open, stony country often with sparse shrubs and cultivated areas. Photographed at the Barasat outskirts, India (Sinchan Ray)
Collared Scops Owl photographed at Keshopur Wetland, Gurdaspur, India (Bobinder Singh)
The Malabar Grey Hornbill is a large bird endemic to the Western Ghats ans associated hills of southern India. This hornbill is found in dense forest and around rubber, arecanut or coffee plantation. Photographed at Sirsi, Karnataka, India (Paneendra BA)
The Asian Koel is found in the Indian Subcontinent, China and southeast Asia. It is a bird of light woodland and cultivation. Photo taken at Chandigarh, India (Dalvinder Singh)
Bar-tailed treecreeper, also known as the Himalayan Treecreeper, is found in the northern parts of the Indian Subcontinent, particularly in the Himalayas and the adjoining regions. Photo taken in Uttarakhand (Partha Das)
The Berthelot’s Pipit is restricted to the Canary Islands and Madeira. Its overall coour appearance is pale with streaky breast, white belly, and a conspicuous white eyebrow. Photographed at Tenerife, Canarian Islands (Waltraud Kis)
The Brown Fish Owl is a nocturnal bird, but it is often located or seen by small birds that mob it while roosting in a tree. There have also been records of this bird seen hunting during the day, especially in cloudy weathers. Photographed at Gudi, India (Rashmi Deshpande)
Chestnut-bellied sandgrouse photographed at Mydanahalli, Karnataka (Prabhakar TP)
The Eurasian Thick knee, also known as the Eurasian Stone Curlew or simply just the Stone Curlew, is a fairly large wader. It is found throughout Europe, north Africa and southwestern Asia. Photographed at Nagpur, Maharashtra, India (Vikram Bahal)
Eurasian wryneck in Rawatbhata, Rajasthan (Shashi Dushyant)
Fox Sparrows are among the largest sparrows, heavily spotted and streaked underneath. Fox Sparrows nest in wooded areas across northern Canada and western North America from Alaska to California. Photographed in Chicago, Illinois USA (Emil Baumbach)
The Great Horned Owl is also known as the Tiger Owl or the Hoot Owl. It is an adaptable bird with vast range and is the most widely distributed true owl in the Americas. Photographed at Ventura CA, USA (John LeeWong)
Grey Francolin with chicks. This species is found in the plains of the Indian Subcontinent. Its distribution is south of the foothills of the Himalayas westwards to the Indus Valley. And eastwards to Bengal. Photographed at Pune, Maharashtra, India (Anvita Paranjpe)
Grey-headed Swamphen photographed at Jodhpur Rajasthan, India (Renu Kohli)
The Himalayan Monal is a relatively large sized pheasant found in Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Himalayas, India, Nepal, southern Tibet and Bhutan. Photographed in Chopta, Uttarakhand (Shashi Dushyant)
The Indian Scops Owl is found from eastern Arabia through the Indian Subcontinent. It is a nocturnal bird. Because of its natural camouflage it is difficult to see or locate in daytime. Photographed at the Pench National Park, India (Deepa Javdekar)
Males and females of the MacQueen’s Bustard are nearly identical in plumage but males are slightly larger than females. This species is found in the desert and steppe regions of Asia, east from the Sinai Peninsula extending across Kazakhstan east to Mongolia. Photographed in Gujarat, India (Jay Patel)
The Rufous-tailed Lark, also known as the Rufous-tailed Finch-lark, is a ground dwelling bird found in the drier open stony habitats of India and parts of Pakistan. The dull brown colour on this bird matches that of the soil in its habitat. Photographed at Nagpur, India (Pradnya Gharpure)
the Russet Sparrow, sometimes called the Cinnamon or Cinnamon Tree Sparrow, is a chunky little seed eating bird with a thick bill. This species is found in parts of eastern Asia and in the Himalayas. Photographed in Sattal, Uttarakhand, India (Gargi Biswas)
Small pratincole photographed in Cuttack, Odisha, India (Amit Kumar Bal)
The Snowy Plover is an inconspicuous, pale little bird. It can easily be overlooked as it runs around on white sand beaches or on the salt flats around lakes in the arid west. Photographed in Malibu CA, USA (Henser Villela)
Sri Lankan Frogmouths are rarely seen during the day except at roost sites or when flushed. They are found in the western Ghats of southwest India and Sri Lanka, occupying forests, usually with dense undergrowth. Photographed at Thatthekad, Kerala, India (Bhavesh Rathod)
The Wood Sandpiper is a small wader that breeds in subarctic wetlands from the Scottish Highlands across Europe and Asia. Photographed at Mangalajodi, Odisha, India (Gargi Biswas)

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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.