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Updated on July 19, 2012

Philippine Birds

Philippine Eagle
Philippine Eagle
Ang Maya or The Eurasian Tree Sparrow
Ang Maya or The Eurasian Tree Sparrow
Maya sa Palay or Red Sparrow
Maya sa Palay or Red Sparrow

Birds of a Feather

The proverb "Birds of a feather flock together" was coined since the 16th century. This was popularized by Benjamin Jowett in 1856 when he translated Plato's Republic. (Plato's republic was about philosophy and political theory, in case you're wondering.) This idiomatic expression is about people with similar interests that associate with each other.

But in nature, birds with the same species do form flocks. They do this to survive as there is safety in numbers. In the Philippines, our national bird is the Philippine Eagle. And if you would be interested to enjoy some bird watching we have 600 species of birds to choose from and these are Chesnut Munia, Eurasian Tree Sparrow, Barred Honey-buzzard, Hawks & Starlings (Myna's), to name a few. Since we are composed of 7,107 islands, there are a lot to choose from in terms of bird watching sites. I recommend going to Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park in Palawan, Philippines (UNESCO World Heritage Site) to experience the best location for bird watching.

I usually catch myself looking outside the window watching birds and flowers. My mind wanders and my over active imagination is flying with those birds. I kept thinking how free they are. Not worrying about what food to eat, where to sleep. They are living very simple lives. They do not worry about tomorrow, their only concern is only for today.

I saw a flock of sparrows flying over this beautiful house and settling themselves on the ledge. They stayed there for about thirty minutes and when I looked up again, the whole flock was gone. But every Thursday afternoon at my usual seat, for nearly six months now, I am sure they are the same flock of birds that kept me entertained of their antics.

One day, a little boy found a bird's nest and he counted about four eggs. The boy was smart enough not to disturb their nest. I was amazed that the birds were trusting enough to create their nest so close to the community. I am definitely looking forward to seeing them again next week.

For my last song syndrome or LSS, Mandy Moore's song Extraordinary: "I was a starling nobody's darling, flying in perfect circles.." kept running through my head. In a way I am a starling, but as she said: "But now I am ready, but now I am ready... to be extraordinary."

My tenth hub. And I wanted this to be special. It is truly special indeed to write about starlings. My new found hobby: Bird Watching.


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    • prea profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Philippines

      thank you! I am also looking forward to reading your hubs :)

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      Audrey Hunt 

      6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      This is a lovely hub about Starling's. I love birds and we have such cute ones here in Tennessee. Your photos are beautiful. Thanks for writing about these amazing birds. I will follow you now and welcome you to Hubpages. Voted up and more.

    • prea profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Philippines

      Thank you jpcmc! I was on travel for most of the day. Going home from work and it was quite a rainy weather! I haven't seen much of local birds ( i think they are smart enough to look for a dry place).

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      JP Carlos 

      6 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      We treated our daughter to a trip to manila Zoo a couple of weeks ago. there she saw lots of different birds. In the Kinder zoo of Manila zoo, we were able to hold and touch some of the birds. My daughter was fearless of course - while i watched wide-eye as she poked the head of a huge Kalaw.

      Congratulations on your 10th hub. It's nice of you to feature the birds of our country.

    • prea profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Philippines

      thanks aviannovice!

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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Voted up and awesome. I am a birdwatcher/naturalist in Oklahoma in the USA, in the center of the country. Let's hear more about your birds. You will find many hubs that I have written so you can learn about my birds. Welcome to HubPages!


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