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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Forests

Forests are very productive ecosystems accounting for a third of the earth’s primary productivity. This productivity, and their many layers from forest floor to canopy, make them a great habitat for many bird species across the globe. However, anthropogenic factors such as logging, introduction of invasive species, and land conversion for agriculture, have reduced the...

Forests are very productive ecosystems accounting for a third of the earth’s primary productivity. This productivity, and their many layers from forest floor to canopy, make them a great habitat for many bird species across the globe. However, anthropogenic factors such as logging, introduction of invasive species, and land conversion for agriculture, have reduced the amount of forest cover, and thus reduced the amount of available habitat for birds that call these areas home.

Thank you to all the photographers that submitted photos of birds with the theme “Forest”, 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 Scarlet Minivet is a common resident breeder in forests and other well-wooded habitats including gardens, especially in hilly country. It is found in tropical southern Asia from India to southern China, Indonesia and the Philippines. Photo taken at Sattal Outskirts, Uttarakhand, India (Ajad Singh)
The Indian White-eye was formerly known as the Oriental White-eye. It is a resident breeder in open woodland on the Indian Subcontinent. It can also be found in scrubs or moist forest. Photo taken at Murlen National park, Mizoram, India (Amit Kumar Bal)
Orange-headed Thrush at Nagpur, Maharashtra, India. Photographed by Narendra Nikhare
Spot-breasted Scimitar Babbler photographed at Murlen National park, Mizoram, India (Amit Kumar Bal)
Wreathed Hornbill, also known as the Bar-pouched Wreathed Hornbill, is a hornbill species found in forests from far north-eastern India and Bhutan, east and south through mainland Southeast Asia and the Greater Sundas in Indonesia. Photo taken at Jurong, Singapore (Raghuvamsh Chavali)
The Greater Yellownape is a large, olive green woodpecker with prominent yellow-crested nape and throat. Photographed at Sattal, Uttarakhand (Krishna Kumari)
The Jungle Owlet is found in a range of habitat from scrub forest to deciduous and moist deciduous forests. This species is mainly active at dawn and dusk, but it is also known to call and fly during the day. Photographed at Ramnagar, Uttarakhand (Dr. Sanjay Solanki)
The Jamaican Mango is endemic species to Jamaica, mainly found in subtropical or tropical moist lowland forest and heavily degraded former forest. Photographed in Jamaica (Dr.Jayaraj Padmanabhan)
The Asian Emerald Dove is also known as the Common Emerald Dove or the Grey-capped Emerald Dove. It is a widespread pigeon in the tropical and sub-tropical parts of the Indian Subcontinent. This species is the state bird of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Photographed at Penang, Malaysia (Harn Sheng Khor)
The Brown-fronted Woodpecker is found in temperate forests and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests. It ranges across northern regions of the Indian subcontinent, primarily the low to middle altitudes of the Himalayas. Photographed at Sattal, Uttarakhand (Krishna Kumari)
Cinnamon Woodpecker photographed in Costa Rica (Carlos Bolaños)
Common Woodshrikes are usually found in pairs, they have a loud whistling song made of several notes. This species is found across Asia mainly in thin forest and scrub habitats where they search and hunt insects. They are often seen joining other insectivorous birds when hunting. Photographed at Haryana, India (by Arindam Saha)
The Golden-whiskered Barbet is an Asian barbet found in the western parts of Malay Achipelago whey it inhabits foremost forests up to 1,500 m elevation. This barbet spends most of the day in the forest canopy. Photo taken at Selangor, Malaysia (Richard Chong)
Gould’s Shortwing at Mishmi Hills, Arunachal Pradesh, India (Subrato Sanyal)
The Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher is an insectivorous species which breeds in tropical Asia, from the Indian Subcontinent eastwards to Bangladesh and western Myanmar. It inhabits dense scrubs and forests. Photo taken at Nagpur, Maharashtra, India (Vikram Bahal)
The Grey-bellied Cuckoo, also known as the Indian Plaintive Cuckoo, is found in tropical southern Asia from India and Sri Lanka to south China and Indonesia. Just like other cuckoos, it is a brood parasite and uses warblers as hosts. Photo taken at Nagpur, Maharashtra, India (Narendra Nikhare)
Grey Headed Fish Eagle at the Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve, India (Narayanan Iyer (Naresh Iyer))
The Jungle Myna is patchily distributed across much of the mainland of the Indian Subcontinent but it cannot be found in the arid zones of India. Photo taken at Chakki Mod, Himachal Pradesh, India (Gagan Bedi)
Large Scimitar Babbler photographed at the Ban Nong Nam, Kaeng Krachan National Park, Thailand (Siddhartha Mukherjee)
The Lesser Necklaced Laughingthrush is also found in subtropical or tropical moist lowland forest and subtropical or tropical moist montane forest. Photographed at Ban Nong Nam, Kaeng Krachan National Park, Thailand (Siddhartha Mukherjee)
The Oriental Honey Buzzard is also known as the Crested Honey Buzzard. This species is a summer migrant to Siberia, wintering in tropical Southeast Asia. Populations found elsewhere are known to be resident. Photographed at the Jim Corbett National Park, India (Feroze Hossain)
The Red Vented Bulbul is a resident breeder across the Indian Subcontinent, including Sri Lanka, extending east to Burma and parts of Tibet. This bulbul is a bird of dry scrub, plains and cultivated lands. Although they can be found in open forests as well, it its native range it is rarely found in mature forests. Photographed at Bangalore, Karnataka, India (Paneendra BA)
Rufous-necked Hornbill at Latpanchor, West Bengal, India (Gargi Biswas)
The Short-tailed Babbler’s natural habitat is tropical moist lowland forests. It is found in Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand. The species is locally common at a number of places within its range but is considered near-threatened as a result of loss of lowland forest in its range. Photo taken at Pahang, Malaysia (Richard Chong)
The White-crested Laughingthrush is a highly social and vocal bird found in forest and scrub from the Himalayan foothills to Southeast Asia. Females of this species look almost similar to males but have a smaller crest, duller mantle, and slightly more pronounced gray on the nape. Photographed at Sattal, Uttarakhand, India (Subrato Sanyal)

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