Five Common Birds in the Philippines

This week’s birdweekly challenge is to show “common birds in your area seen this time of year.”

Though we see many migratory birds in the months of August to February, many common birds are around all year. This time of year is typically nesting season for them.

One of the most common is the yellow-vented bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier). It thrives in cities as well as mountainous areas.

Yellow-vented bulbul in Laguna province.

The yellow-vented bulbul is often mistaken for the “maya” or Eurasian tree sparrow, another common bird specially in cities.

The Eurasian tree sparrow (Passer montanus) is quite common in urban areas.

Though perhaps not as common in urban centers, the white-breasted woodswallow can be found in open fields and on electrical wires, often in groups.

One bird that I thought was uncommon in cities is the crested myna. It is bigger than the typical city bird and is a popular cage bird; some may have escaped or been released. I noticed a family in the neighborhood, with its young flying about albeit awkwardly.

A crested myna (Acridotheres cristatellus) has found a home in the city.

The pipit is another common bird, maybe not in the city but in rural areas. They can be familiar with humans. This one approached me on the golf course, perhaps curious about the white sphere that rolled its way. It then snubbed what didn’t look like a real egg.

There are more common birds, some of them I’ve posted on this blog. (Click on the “birds” tag below.) I don’t really consider myself a “bird photographer” but I’m always on the lookout — who knows I might get lucky and capture (photographically) a new one, or even a not-so-common one!

Thank you for dropping by!


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