Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #87

Posted by Steve Boyes of National Geographic Expeditions in Bird Watch on May 12, 2017

A Crimson-breasted Woodpecker spotted in Kalimpong, Darjeeling. Photo by Shantanu Bhattacharya‎
The Brahminy Kite is also known as the red-backed sea-eagle in Australia.
Photo by Tanmoy Das‎.
A Western Marsh-Harrier stays true to its name as it takes a break on water plants on a wetland in West Bengal. Photo by Rahul Chakraborty‎.
A Red-bearded Bee-eater hits the jackpot in Thailand. Photo by Jay Shah‎.
The Jackal Buzzard in a common sight in Cape Town and can be recognized from below by their white “windows’ on the underside of their wings. Photo by Allan Holland.
Common Kingfishers have advanced eyesight; with the ability to polarize light, they can see prey below the water’s surface. Photo by Paneendra BA‎.
A pair of Blue-Tailed Bee-Eaters get vocal in Mysore, India. Photo by Shyam Sundar Nijgal.
Thanks to their healthy appetite for insects, spiders and snalis, the Tawny Frogmouth is considered to be among Australia’s most effective pest control birds. Photo by Ashvij Putta Photography.
Plumbeous Water Redstarts are often found near fast-moving streams and rivers. Photo by Pranesh Kodancha‎.
Great Rosefinch feeds mostly on seeds, buds, shoots and flowers and occasionally berries and small insects. Photo by Zahran CR‎.
Clark’s Nutcrackers bury thousands of pine nuts during the summer which they rely on during the winter. Nuts they don’t eat may become new trees. Photo by Sjoerd Van Berge Henegouwen‎.
Amur Falcons breed in south-eastern Siberia and Northern China before migrating in large flocks across India and over the Arabian Sea to winter in Southern Africa. Photo by Ravalnath Joshi‎.
The Scissor Tailed Flycatcher is also known as the Texas bird-of-paradise. Photographed in Rio Grand Valley, Texas by Sambath Subbaiah‎.
The French name of the Painted Bunting, nonpareil, means “without equal,” which is a reference to the bird’s incredible plumage. Photo by Dev Panda‎.
Greater Flamingos in the Kutch district of India. Photo by Dilipsinh Chudasama‎.
A Citrine Wagtail finds a delicate balance on a beautiful lotus flower. Photo by Birupakshya Mitra.
Allen’s Hummingbird breeds only along a narrow strip of coastal California and southern Oregon. Photo by Teri Franzen.
Rose-ringed Parakeets are sexually dimorphic; only the males have rings around their necks. Photo by Vishwas Thakkar‎.
In Malaysia, Large-Tailed Nightjars are often seen in cemeteries at night, hence its rather macabre common name burung tukang kubur (“graveyard nightjar”). Photo by Anwesha Das‎.
Greater Crested Tern is also called the Swift Tern and is widespread across the tropical and subtropical regions of the Old World. Photo by Pranesh Kodancha‎.
The Cinereous Vulture is a largely solitary bird and is seen alone or in pairs more often than most other Old World vultures. Photo by Tauseef Zafar‎.
A pair of Wire-tailed Swallows captured in a rare stationary moment by Deepa Javdekar‎.
The Red Billed Blue Magpie is a member of the crow family (Corvidae) and boasts the longest tail of all corvids. Photo by Ami Prabal‎.
Laggar Falcons are listed as “Near Threatened” in Pakistan due to increased pesticide use in the region. Photo by Swethadri Doraiswamy‎.
The Fire Tailed Myzornis is the only species in the genus Myzornis. Photo by Birupakshya Mitra.

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