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Photos of the day: May 16-31, 2021

Every day on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter, we share a photo of the day — a superb image from the more than 20,000 pictures in our Reader Galleries. Our selections from the second half of May 2021 included an amazing photo of an Anna’s Hummingbird, an image of the most Instagrammable bird, a pair of American White Pelicans flying in unision, and more!

Visit our galleries to submit your photos and gain inspiration from the BirdWatching community.

Tawny Frogmouth by Susan Flashman/Shutterstock

Tawny Frogmouth by Susan Flashman/Shutterstock

Researchers from Germany say the “most Instagrammable” bird family is the frogmouths — a group of 14 nocturnal species characterized by large eyes, flat, broad bills, and a froglike gape.

The study ranked 116 bird families based on "likes" they received on nine of the largest bird accounts on Instagram. View a slideshow of the top 15 families here.

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