Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #109

Posted by Steve Boyes of National Geographic Expeditions

An Eastern Imperial Eagle in flight. This eagle is vulnerable to extinction due to intensive forestry in the breeding grounds of Asia and Europe. Photo by Suketu Purohit


A Purple Sunbird captured probing for nectar. Photo by Suvadip Mondal


Grey Crowned Cranes are reliant on wetlands for breeding. They will mainly breed during the raining season, laying between one and four eggs. Photo by Wasif Yaqeen


This White-winged Dove was photographed in Yucatan, Mexico by Owen Deutsch. This species is well adapted to urbanisation and as a result its range has increased in the southern parts of America.


This striking bird is a White-fronted Chat, they can only be found in the south of Australia. Photograph by Radhakrishnan Sadasivam


A close up of a European Roller. European Rollers breed in Europe and then migrate to sub-Saharan Africa for the northern winter. Photo by Sushil Khekare


Verditer Flycatchers have a striking blue plumage. Blue feathers are different to red and yellow feathers as the colour is not produced by pigments, but rather by the way the light refracts off the feather. Photograph by Vishal Monakar


The Asian Koel is closely related to the cuckoos and like the cuckoos will lay their eggs in another species nest. In India, House Crows and Jungle Crows are the main hosts of Asian Koel chicks. Photo by Shivayogi Kanthi


The Bluethroat was first described in 1758 by the famous zoologist and botanist Carl Linnaeus. Photo by Souvik Pal


Here we have a Eurasian Siskin, a seed-eating bird which can be found across much of Europe and the eastern parts of Asia. This one was photographed in Finland by Samuel Bloch


Mongolian Finches fly to waterbodies at dawn and at dusk to drink. Photo by Awais Ali Sheikh


A Common Kingfisher on the look-out for prey. Photo by Souvik Basu


Blue Rock Thrushes breed on steep cliffs. Photo by Kamlesh Mirkale


Brahminy Starlings are omnivores, they eat both insects and plant matter. Photo by Gaurav Budhiraja


This European Bee-eater has just caught a dragonfly, bees and dragonflies make up the majority of this species diet. Photo by Christian Bagnol


This Indian Black-lored Tit was photographed in Uttarakhand by Vishal Monakar


The Mallard duck is native to the northern hemisphere but has been introduced into multiple countries. In some countries, like South Africa, it is a threat to local ducks as mallards hybridize with local species. Photo by Paneendra BA.


This colourful Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher was photographed in Guhager, India by Gurukrushna Ghate


Ruddy Shelducks prefer brackish waterbodies to freshwater. Photo by Kushal Sharma


Rufous-tailed Larks are found only in India, usually in dry open habitats. Photo by Amit Kumar Srivastav


During the breeding season, Sanderlings inhabit tundra habitats. Photo by Sujoy Sarkar


A Siberian Stonechat with prey. Photo by Nishant Chauhan


The Gray Jay is distributed across much of Canada and the northern parts of the United States. This one was photographed in Washington by Tim Nicol


Two Common Kingfishers having a territorial disagreement. Territories are generally in the range of one kilometre in size. Photo by Sanjay Dutt Sharma


The Black-capped Chickadee is the provincial bird of New Brunswick, Canada. Photo by Jola Charlton

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