Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #112

Posted by Steve Boyes of National Geographic Expeditions

An Arrow-marked Babbler photographed by Martin Heigan at Pilanesberg National Park, South Africa. These birds form groups of between 3 and 15 individuals, larger groups will defend bigger territories
Bar-tailed Godwits breed in the Arctic and tundra habitats of Eurasia and then migrate great distances to over-winter in the tropical and temperature regions of Africa, Asia, and Australasia. One satellite tracked individual travelled an amazing 11 680km without stopping! Photo by Aravind Venkatraman


Barn Swallows often build their nests on man-made structures, this has allowed them to spread as the human population has increased. Photo by Souvik Pal


Female Black-winged Stilts lay their eggs alongside water-bodies, they do not build nests but simply lay their eggs on a bare spot on the ground. Photo by Saswat Mishra


Bluethroats are considered monogamous but recent genetic studies reveal that the paternity of 33-64% of broods is not the male tending the nest. Photo by Tapash Kumar Dutta


A magnificent Egyptian Vulture photographed by Pranesh Kodancha


The European Roller breeds in Europe and western Asia and over-winters in Africa. Occasionally migratory birds will land up far from their normal range, for example there is one exceptional record of a European Roller in Australia! Photo by Carlo Galliani


This unusual looking bird is a Great Potoo. They can be found in the forests of South America. Photo by Sharon Templin


A Great White Pelican beautifully captured in Lake Hawasa, Ethiopia by Goutam Mitra


Greater Flamingoes can tolerate highly saline and alkaline water. Photo by Wasif Yaqeen


The Indian Scimitar Babbler is closely related to the Sri Lanka Scimitar Babbler, in fact it was previously considered a sub-species. Photo by Pranesh Kodancha


Common Mergansers nest in tree cavities and so rely on mature forests to breed. Photo by Birupakshya Mitra


The Indian Skimmer population has declined due to pollution and habitat degradation. It is now listed as ‘Vulnerable’ on the IUCN red list. Photo by Pranesh Kodancha


A beautiful Pallid Harrier, photographed by Narahari Kanike


Female Pied Bushchats will incubate their eggs for 13-14 days. Photo by Manoj K Bind


Purple Herons prefer shallow freshwater habitats with plenty of dense vegetation. Photo by Neha Majumder


Red Avadavats feed mainly on grass seeds, they will also take insects to supplement their protein intake. Photo by Sathish Poojari


The Rock Pigeon can be found on all the continents, besides the polar regions, they do especially well in urban areas. Photo by Vishwas Thakkar


True to its name the Sand Larks’ preferred habitat is sandy and dry riverbeds. Photo by Sunil Kumar


The Scaly-breasted Munia breeds throughout the year. Photo by Vishal Monakar


A Siberian Stonechat calling. This picture was taken by Wasif Yaqeen in Naran, Pakistan


The Snow Bunting breeds throughout the Arctic range. Photo by Emil Baumbach


The Steppe Eagle is listed as endangered, this is mainly as a result of their steppe habitat being converted to agricultural fields. Photo by Sandipan Ghosh


The White-cheeked Barbet can be found in the woodlands of western India. Photo by Sathya Vagale


A White-eared Bulbul captured with freshly caught prey. Photo by Irtiza Bukhari

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