The World’s Rarest Birds International Photo Competition that was launched in 2010 has featured 362 species categorized as Endangered, 65 as Data Deficient, 192 as Critically Endangered and 4 as Extinct in the Wild. Profits from sales will be donated for BirdLife International’s Preventing Extinctions Program to support conservation projects worldwide. Many photographers traveled across remote areas and spent weeks behind the lens to capture these shots.
Below is a series of pictures that help us know a little bit about some kinds of precious birds like Forest Owlet in Melghat Tiger Reserve, Palila (male) in Hawaii, Asian Crested Ibis in China and Marvellous Spatuletail in Peru.
Winner for “Critically Endangered or Extinct in the Wild” category is Shane McInnes with an image of a Kakapo from New Zealand
Runner-up in the same category is Sávio Freire Bruno with a photo of a Brazilian Merganser with ducklings
A Christmas Island Frigatebird in flight photographed by David Boyle ranks the third place
Forest Owlet at the Melghat Tiger Reserve by Dr Jayesh K Joshi ranks the fourth
The 5th place belongs to Eric VanderWerf with an image of Palila (male) in Hawaii
Honduran Emerald at Rio Aguan Valley is photographed by Robert E Hyman
Winner of the Endangered or Data Deficient category is Quan Min Li with an image of Asian Crested Ibis from China
Runner-up is Huajin Sun with the photo of a Red-crowned Crane from East Asia
In third place is Daniel Rosengren, who captured Marvellous Spatuletail, a hummingbird from Peru
The 4th place belongs to Csaba Barkóczi, who took the photo of Great Indian Bustard in India
The 5th place belongs to Martin Hale with the photo named Scaly-sided Merganser in Jiangxi, China
Winner of the Critically Endangered Migratory Species category is David Boyle with an image of Orange-bellied Parrots from Tasmania
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