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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #44

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Wild birds are descended from the time of the dinosaurs. They have seen the continents drift apart, saying goodbye to long-lost cousins as the oceans widened between them. They have managed to occupy almost all terrestrial ecosystems and can even swim better than most fish. They followed the insects into the sky to take advantage of a seemingly inexhaustible food resource and a multitude of inaccessible, safe nest sites. As a result of the relative safety of flight they have also been able to find the security to explore “sexual selection”. Over millions of years females have selected males to simply look more beautiful. Today, the most brightly colored, the one with the longest tale or biggest crown, the bowerbird with the largest, most elaborately decorated stage, gets the lady…

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Jamaican tody nest in burrows that are excavates in muddy banks or rotten wood. (Owen Deutsch / Owen Deutsch Photography)

Jamaican tody nest in burrows that are excavates in muddy banks or rotten wood. (Owen Deutsch / Owen Deutsch Photography)

Ashy prinias are resident breeders in the Indian Subcontinent and can be found in India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and western Myanmar. (Nitin Lokur)

Ashy prinias are resident breeders in the Indian Subcontinent and can be found in India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and western Myanmar. (Nitin Lokur)

Asian koels are found in S Asia, China, and SE Asia. The bird is a widely used symbol in Indian poetry. (Jineesh Mallishery)

Asian koels are found in S Asia, China, and SE Asia. The bird is a widely used symbol in Indian poetry. (Jineesh Mallishery)

Banded kingfishers are found in the lowland tropical forests of Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Malaysia, Sumatra, Java and Brunei. They are extinct in Singapore. (Markus Lilje / www.rockjumperbirding.com)

Banded kingfishers are found in the lowland tropical forests of Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Malaysia, Sumatra, Java and Brunei. They are extinct in Singapore. (Markus Lilje / www.rockjumperbirding.com)

Barred buttonquails are resident from India across tropical Asia to S China, Indonesia and the Philippines. Photographed here in Bangalore (India). (Anantha Murthy)

Barred buttonquails are resident from India across tropical Asia to S China, Indonesia and the Philippines. Photographed here in Bangalore (India). (Anantha Murthy)

Blue-tailed bee-eaters breed in SE Asia and are strongly migratory, preferring much of peninsular India during winter. Photographed here in Mysore (India). (Sathish Poojari)

Blue-tailed bee-eaters breed in SE Asia and are strongly migratory, preferring much of peninsular India during winter. Photographed here in Mysore (India). (Sathish Poojari)

Cape eagle-owls are found from Eritrea and Ethiopia S to Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe. They are part of local folklore throughout their range. (Jay van Rensburg)

Cape eagle-owls are found from Eritrea and Ethiopia S to Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe. They are part of local folklore throughout their range. (Jay van Rensburg)

Cape Parrots are highly social parrots that can only be found in areas with Afromontane forest patches. There are less than 1,000 remaining in the wild, all of which face the ravages of beak and feather disease. (Rodnick Clifton Biljon / Cape Parrot Project)

Cape Parrots are highly social parrots that can only be found in areas with Afromontane forest patches. There are less than 1,000 remaining in the wild, all of which face the ravages of beak and feather disease. (Rodnick Clifton Biljon / Cape Parrot Project)

Common flamebacks are found in Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. They prefer subtropical or tropical dry forests, subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, and subtropical or tropical mangrove forests. (Subramanian Chockalingam)

Common flamebacks are found in Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. They prefer subtropical or tropical dry forests, subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, and subtropical or tropical mangrove forests. (Subramanian Chockalingam)

Common terns breed in temperate and subarctic regions of Europe, Asia and N America. They are strongly migratory and winter in coastal tropical and subtropical regions. (Antero Topp)

Common terns breed in temperate and subarctic regions of Europe, Asia and N America. They are strongly migratory and winter in coastal tropical and subtropical regions. (Antero Topp)

Galahs are also known as rose-breasted cockatoo, galah cockatoo, roseate cockatoo and "pink and grey". They are one of the most common and widespread cockatoos in the open country of mainland Australia. Photographed here in Melbourne. (Radhakrishnan Sadasivam)

Galahs are also known as rose-breasted cockatoo, galah cockatoo, roseate cockatoo and “pink and grey”. They are one of the most common and widespread cockatoos in the open country of mainland Australia. Photographed here in Melbourne. (Radhakrishnan Sadasivam)

Himalayan bulbuls are the national bird of Bahrain, and are found in Afghanistan, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Tajikistan. (Balaji Pg)

Himalayan bulbuls are the national bird of Bahrain, and are found in Afghanistan, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Tajikistan. (Balaji Pg)

Indian eagle-owls are seen near rocky places within the mainland of the Indian Subcontinent S of the Himalayas and below 5000 feet elevation. (Mohamed Mothi)

Indian eagle-owls are seen near rocky places within the mainland of the Indian Subcontinent S of the Himalayas and below 5000 feet elevation. (Mohamed Mothi)

Indian rollers are found throughout tropical Asia from Iraq E across the Indian Subcontinent to Indochina. They are best known for the aerobatic displays of the males during the breeding season. (Jineesh Mallishery)

Indian rollers are found throughout tropical Asia from Iraq E across the Indian Subcontinent to Indochina. They are best known for the aerobatic displays of the males during the breeding season. (Jineesh Mallishery)

Jerdon's leafbirds are found in forest and woodland in India and Sri Lanka. Like other leafbirds, the call of Jerdon's Leafbird consists of a rich mixture of imitations of the calls of various other species of birds. (Anantha Murthy)

Jerdon’s leafbirds are found in forest and woodland in India and Sri Lanka. Like other leafbirds, the call of Jerdon’s Leafbird consists of a rich mixture of imitations of the calls of various other species of birds. (Anantha Murthy)

Oriental dwarf kingfishers are found in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam. They prefer small streams in densely shaded forests. (Kedar Potnis)

Oriental dwarf kingfishers are found in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam. They prefer small streams in densely shaded forests. (Kedar Potnis)

Long-eared owls breed in Europe, Asia, and N America, occurring with the similar-looking short-eared owl over much of their range. (Alexandra Ion)

Long-eared owls breed in Europe, Asia, and N America, occurring with the similar-looking short-eared owl over much of their range. (Alexandra Ion)

Loten's sunbird is endemic to peninsular India and Sri Lanka, preferring the W Ghats and S peninsula. Photographed here in Bangalore. (Shishir Saksena)

Loten’s sunbird is endemic to peninsular India and Sri Lanka, preferring the W Ghats and S peninsula. Photographed here in Bangalore. (Shishir Saksena)

Purple finches breed in the coniferous and mixed forest in Canada and the NE United States. Photographed here in Ontario (Canada). (Nina Stavlund)

Purple finches breed in the coniferous and mixed forest in Canada and the NE United States. Photographed here in Ontario (Canada). (Nina Stavlund)

Oriental pratincoles are found in the warmer parts of S and E Asia, breeding from N Pakistan and Kashmir region across to SW China. (King Rax)

Oriental pratincoles are found in the warmer parts of S and E Asia, breeding from N Pakistan and Kashmir region across to SW China. (King Rax)

Rainbow starfrontlets are found in Ecuador and Peru, preferring subtropical or tropical moist montane forests, subtropical or tropical high-altitude shrubland, and heavily degraded former forest. (Adam Riley / www.rockjumperbirding.com)

Rainbow starfrontlets are found in Ecuador and Peru, preferring subtropical or tropical moist montane forests, subtropical or tropical high-altitude shrubland, and heavily degraded former forest. (Adam Riley / www.rockjumperbirding.com)

Rufous-tailed plantcutters are found nesting in the scrubby forest edge and in dense river valleys in Chile and W Argentina. (Owen Deutsch / Owen Deutsch Photography)

Rufous-tailed plantcutters are found nesting in the scrubby forest edge and in dense river valleys in Chile and W Argentina. (Owen Deutsch / Owen Deutsch Photography)

Scaly-breasted munias occur from India and Sri Lanka E to Indonesia and the Philippines. They have been introduced to many other parts of the world with feral populations in Puerto Rico. (Prasanna Bhat)

Scaly-breasted munias occur from India and Sri Lanka E to Indonesia and the Philippines. They have been introduced to many other parts of the world with feral populations in Puerto Rico. (Prasanna Bhat)

Sooty-headed bulbuls are found in Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Laos, Burma, Thailand, and Vietnam. Photographed her in Jakarta. (Arun Samak)

Sooty-headed bulbuls are found in Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Laos, Burma, Thailand, and Vietnam. Photographed her in Jakarta. (Arun Samak)

Southern carmine bee-eaters occur across sub-equatorial Africa, ranging from KwaZulu-Natal and Namibia to Gabon, eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo and Kenya. They are strongly migratory spending the breeding season between August and November in Zimbabwe, before moving to South Africa for the summer months, and then migrating to equatorial Africa from March to August. (Rainer Summers / www.rockjumperbirding.com)

Southern carmine bee-eaters occur across sub-equatorial Africa, ranging from KwaZulu-Natal and Namibia to Gabon, eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo and Kenya. They are strongly migratory spending the breeding season between August and November in Zimbabwe, before moving to South Africa for the summer months, and then migrating to equatorial Africa from March to August. (Rainer Summers / www.rockjumperbirding.com)

 

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Comments

  1. Santhosh D. Menon
    Munnar
    March 2, 6:54 am

    Nice Collections… Thank you so much… keep it up

  2. wahab uddin ahmed
    Pakistan
    January 15, 5:18 pm

    very nice collection, put standing creation of GOd

  3. KARAOKETWITCHER
    WIDNES,CHESHIRE,U.K.
    October 18, 2013, 4:34 pm

    SORRY FOR MY DELAY IN COMMENTING AS THESE PICTURES WERE HIDDEN IN MY NEW EMAIL FORMAT, BUT AS USUAL YOU HAVE NOT DISAPPOINTED!

    THANK-YOU FOR THESE WONDERFUL PICTURES!

    KT

  4. Karmaveer Sinh
    Vadodara, India
    September 24, 2013, 3:13 am

    The pictures are very beautifully taken. Looking forward to seeing more!

  5. sheeba
    India
    September 20, 2013, 5:58 am

    natural photographs, good to see!

  6. Keshav thakur
    Bhopal (m.p.)
    August 12, 2013, 5:05 am

    Amazing capture!

  7. Wasantha P Dissanayake
    Kandy ,SriLanka.
    July 15, 2013, 11:08 am

    Wonderfull collection.Thanks for sharing with us.
    A bird phtographer

  8. Preeni Perera
    Sri Lanka
    July 10, 2013, 12:05 am

    Thank you for sharing these wonderful and amazing pictures with us.

  9. Preeni Perera
    Sri Lanka
    July 10, 2013, 12:04 am

    The wild Birds are beautiful … they are all creations of the Almighty and supreme God.

  10. francisco reyes
    costa mesa CA
    July 9, 2013, 10:33 pm

    I always save beautiful birds pictures keep doing a great job and special thanks to NG the best

  11. Raj Sah (Bharat)
    Bharat
    July 9, 2013, 12:32 am

    Beautiful/Fabulous/Awesome Collections

  12. rohin dsouza
    darjeeling
    July 8, 2013, 9:54 am

    one of the birds you have Id’ed as Himalayan bulbuls is actually yellow vented Bulbul

  13. Margaret Harris
    United States
    July 8, 2013, 8:05 am

    I live in western Kentucky and enjoy the birds here and see meany different kinds of birds.

  14. sami
    roma
    July 8, 2013, 6:04 am

    nice

  15. junejo a jalil
    sindh pakistan
    July 8, 2013, 4:51 am

    very very beautiful birds i hv never seen such type of birds all these are best gift of nature to us.

  16. Tunie
    July 8, 2013, 2:46 am

    My favorite wild bird is the endangered Hawaiian ‘i’iwi, but it’s not on this list. From this list, I loved the southern carmine bee-eaters – just beautiful!

  17. VICTOR JIMENEZ VIZCARRA
    MERIDA YUCATAN MEXICO
    July 7, 2013, 9:04 pm

    NATIONAL GEOGRAFIC TIENE LAS MEJORES IMAGENES DEL .
    MUNDO

  18. Navgire Nitin
    Pune, Maharashtra State, INDIA ( BHARAT )
    July 6, 2013, 7:56 am

    such a lovely & great photos, Hats off to you all………

  19. Bharat Jasani
    Deepak Automobiles,GONDIA 441601 Maharastra
    July 5, 2013, 9:16 am

    Saw beautiful pictures of birds.I am a bird lover and do bird-photography.I would love to join your group…if at all I am eligible.

  20. backer
    calicut
    July 5, 2013, 8:58 am

    it is fantastic

  21. backer
    calicut
    July 5, 2013, 8:56 am

    very beautiful photos

  22. Ravindra Prabhune
    India
    July 4, 2013, 11:33 am

    Dear Sir,
    The photos on this site are par excellence !
    I would like to know who can contribute photos for this page, and how to ?
    thanks with warm regards
    Ravi

  23. umair sheikh
    pakistan
    July 4, 2013, 9:26 am

    subhanallah ya malik-E-kinat

  24. Sandy
    Delhi,India
    July 4, 2013, 8:50 am

    Amazing…..pics.

  25. Ajayakumar T
    Haripad
    July 4, 2013, 6:19 am

    mother natures marvellous creation.

  26. Ajayakumar T
    Haripad
    July 4, 2013, 6:17 am

    Really marvalous

  27. Samir Desani
    Bhavnagar, India.
    July 3, 2013, 11:57 pm

    Awesome !!!!

  28. Owen Deutsch
    Chicago,Il. USA
    July 3, 2013, 2:57 pm

    Thank you for sharing these amazing pictures of some of the most fabulous birds in the world.