Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #104

Posted by Steve Boyes of National Geographic Expeditions

The Bay-backed Shrike is widely distributed across India, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Photo by Pratik Humnabadkar


The Black-capped Chickadee is native to North America, it is the state bird of Massachusetts and Maine. Photo by Tim Nicol


The preferred habitat of the Blue-eared Kingfisher is dense evergreen forest and mangroves. Photo by Sushil Khekare


Blue-throated Barbets can be found in Asian cities with fruiting trees. Photo by Ray Kamal Das


Blue Whistling Thrushes in the Himalayas move down to lower altitudes in winter. Photo by Arun Samak


The Blue-winged Siva is in decline due to destruction and fragmentation of its montane forest habitat. Photo by Dr Ganesh Rao


The Cape Canary is unique to the fynbos biome of South Africa. Photo by Owen Deutsch


Only 25% of young Common Kingfishers survive to breed in the following year. Photo by Kanchan Das


The Crested Tit nests in a hole it excavates out of a rotting stump. Photo by Carlo Galliani


There is a lot of confusion about the taxonomy of the Crowned Wood Nymph, some experts split this species into two. Photo by Owen Deutsch


The Eversmann’s Redstart breeds in the mountains of central Asia. Photo by Tahir Abbas Awan


The Fox Sparrow is split into four different sub species based on its breeding range across northern and western North America. Photo by Emil Baumbach


This Indian Nightjar’s wide gape helps it to catch flying insects. Photo by Nilesh Bhadla


The Indian Peafowl is endemic to India, however it has been introduced into many countries across the globe. Photo by Anvita Paranjpe


The Indian Roller has been divided into three sub species. Photo by Mainak Ghosh


The Indian Courser prefers arid and open habitats. Photo by Ashish Tiwari


Knob-billed Ducks may not breed if rains have been poor. Photo by Vijay Bendre


During the breeding period, Koklass Pheasants feed almost entirely on ants. Photo by Prashant Kumar


During courtship the male Laughing Dove will follow the female, bobbing his head. Photo by Sushil Khekare


The Malabar Crested Lark nests on the ground. Photo by Saswat Mishra


There are a number of different races of Plain Prinia, all differing in plumage. Photo by Vishwas Thakkar


The Red-chested Pochard breeds in southern Europe and central Asia, some captive birds have been released in Britain which have now formed feral populations. Photo by Momita Bhattacharya


The Siberian Tit lives in conifer forests. Photo by Carlo Galliani


Tickell’s Thrush is common in the forests of the Himalayas. Photo by Sanjay Sen


White-breasted Kingfishers have been known to prey upon small birds like white eyes. Photo by Kallol Bhattacharya

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