Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #96

Posted by Steve Boyes of National Geographic Expeditions on July 14, 2017

These young Burrowing Owls live underground in burrows dug out by other creatures like prairie dogs. These were photographed in southern California, USA by Leslie Reagan


Wire-tailed swallow. There are two sub species of this swallow, this is the Asian sub-species Hirundo smithii filifera, the other sub-species H.s. smithii occurs in Africa. Photographed by Manoj K. Bind


These Whiskered Terns can migrate up to 8000 kilometres to breed. Photo by Prasenjit Choudhury


Whinchats breed in Europe and over-winter in central Africa. Photo by Jörg Asmus


Paternity appears unimportant for Western Bluebirds. A study found 45% of males to be tending nests of young that were not theirs. Photo by Jola Chartlon


The preferred habitat of the Swallow-tailed Kite are woodlands and wooded wetlands. Photo by Melissa Penta


These Spotted Owlets have adapted to living in cities. Photo by Hardik Rathod


Spotted Nutcrackers mate for life. Photo by Rajesh Chaube


The colorful Small Niltava is found in India and south-east Asia. Photo by Pranesh Kodancha


Secretarybirds are endemic to Africa. This one was photographed in Tanzania by Edwin Godinho


The Ruddy Turnstone likes to breed in open tundra habitat. Photo by Melissa Penta


The Red-billed Tropicbird has tail streamers which are around twice their body length. Photo by Christopher Ciccone


Red Avadavat’s have become popular in the pet trade because of their bright plumage. Photo by Shishir Saksena


Fisherman have been known to use the presence of these Spot-billed Pelicans to find certain species of fish. Photo by Santanu Sarkar


These Little Ringed Plovers breed in open gravel habitats. Photo by Zahran CR


The Indian Stone Curlew is native to India, Bangladesh and Pakistan. Photo by Asim Haldar


The Indian Roller is the state bird in many states of India. Photo by Sanjeev Kapadia


A Greater Flamingo in captivity lived over 60 years. Photo by Anvita Paranjpe


The Southern Double-collared Sunbird is endemic to South Africa. Photo by F Cotterill


The Flame-throated Bulbul is found in south-western India. Photo by Sudipta Chakraborty


The Eastern Cattle Egret gets its name from its association with cattle, they follow cattle to catch the insects that are kicked up from the grass. Photo by Prasenjit Choudhury


Small birds are known to mob Brown Fish Owls when they are roosting in trees. Photo by Ashwath Pandi


The Black-naped Monarch has been known to be caught in orb-web Spider webs. Photo by Avinash Sharma


Bay-backed Shrikes impale their prey on sharp points. Photo by Ram Vaidyanathan


Anna’s Hummingbird is one of the most common birds on the west of the US. Photo by Teri Franzen

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