Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #90

Posted by Steve Boyes of National Geographic Expeditions in Bird Watch on June 2, 2017

The Common Tailorbird is known for its incredible nests made from pieces of grass carefully sewn together. Photo by Debarpan Datta.
The Wood Duck is such a special bird that in 2013, the Royal Canadian Mint created two coins to commemorate the species. Photo by Peter Chromik‎.
The Purple Sunbird is a tiny bird and weighs just 9 grams. Photo by Shishir Saksena‎.
The Lilac-breasted Roller is the national bird of Kenya. Photo by Gordon Norman‎.
Eastern Meadowlark does not belong to the lark family but is actually a member of the blackbird family. Photo by Martha Akey.
How does a Calliope Hummingbird’s tongue work? ” The tongue is compressed until it reaches nectar. Then it springs open and that rapid action traps the nectar and it moves up the grooves.”  Photo by Tim Nicol.
White Throated Magpie Jays are unusual among cooperative breeders in that helpers are more often females. Photo by Abinash Dhal‎.
A Purple Heron wrangles its serpentine lunch. Photo by Gautam Ghosh.
An Indian Peafowl risks wetting its extravagant tail feathers. Photo by Bopanna Pattada.
Yellow-billed Spoonbills are common in Southeast Australia and are also found in New Zealand, Lord Howe Island and Norfolk Island. Photo by Ashvij Putta‎
A Shikra on a fruit bat kill in Bangalore India. Photo by Suraj Bidnur‎
The Little Cormorant is sometimes found in Java where it is called the Javanese cormorant. Photo by Bhavesh Rathod
Greater Crested Tern is also called the Swift Tern and is wide spread across the Southern Hemisphere. Photo by Pranesh Kodancha‎.
The Brown-fronted Woodpecker ranges across the northern regions of the Indian subcontinent.
Photo by Arun Samak‎.
Not only do Variable Hawks vary in appearance but they’re weight can range from 800 to 1,800 grams. Photo by Jorge de la Torre Aninat.
Peregrine Falcon chicks stay in the nest for about 42 days but even once they learn to fly, their still rely on their parents to teach them how to hunt. Photo by Leslie Reagan‎.
The Short-eared Owl has one of the largest distributions of all bird species and is found on every continent but Antartica and Australia. Photo by Raju Karia‎
A raft of Muscovy Ducklings seek safety in numbers. Photo by Jola Whisenant Charlton‎.
Greater Yellownapes belong to the same family as woodpeckers. Photo Tanmoy Das‎.
The Barn Swallow is the most common and widespread swallow species. It breeds in the Northern Hemisphere and winters in the Southern Hemisphere. Photo by Nitin A. Chavan
Turkey Vultures are known for their remarkable sense of smell which allows them to smell rotting carbon from miles away. Photo by Sambath Subbaiah‎.
The Assam Laughingthrush is found in Northeast India, China and Myanmar.
Photo by Jay Shah‎.
Indian Paradise Flycatcher chicks stay in the nest for just two weeks before fledging. Photo by Birupakshya Mitra
Grey Crowned Crane are listed as endangered by the IUCN. Threats include loss of wetland breeding habitat. Photo by Edwin Godinho.
Painted Francolins are easily detected by their loud calls especially during the breeding season. Photo by Narahari Kanike‎

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