Birds of the Philippines

The Philippines is a megadiverse nation, home to over 600 birds. About 200 or so of those are endemic to the islands and cannot be found elsewhere. 

The Philippines’ national bird is the Philippine Eagle, which, as its name indicates, is found only here. Other endemic birds include the Philippine Nightjar, the Philippine Bush Warbler, and the Philippine Duck.

Birds of Philippines

List of Common Birds Found in the Philippines

Sea Birds

  • Black Noddy
  • Brown Booby
  • Brown Noddy
  • Great Crested Tern
  • Red-footed Booby
  • Sooty Tern
  • Wandering Tattler

Birds of Prey

  • Brahminy Kite
  • Crested Serpent Eagle
  • Osprey
  • Peregrine Falcon
  • Philippine Eagle

Migratory Birds

  • Arctic Warbler
  • Chinese Egret
  • Eastern Curlew
  • Gray-tailed Tattler
  • Northern Pintail
  • Siberian Rubythroat

Nocturnal Birds

  • Palawan Frogmouth
  • Philippine Hawk Owl
  • Philippine Nightjar
  • Philippine Scops Owl

Water Birds

  • Black-crowned Night Heron
  • Philippine Coot
  • Philippine Duck
  • Purple Heron
  • Whiskered Tern
  • White-browed Crake

Forest Birds

  • Blackish Cuckoo-shrike
  • Flame-templed Babbler
  • Philippine Fairy-bluebird
  • Yellow-breasted Fruit Dove

Grassland Birds

  • Indigo-banded Kingfisher
  • Philippine Bush Warbler
  • Philippine Coucal

Wetland Birds

  • Buff-banded Rail
  • Pied Fantail
  • White-collared Kingfisher

Common Philippine Birds by Color

Blue Birds

  • Azure-breasted Pitta
  • Blue-crowned Racquet-tail
  • Blue-naped Parrot
  • Philippine Fairy-bluebird

Green Birds

  • Green Racket-tail
  • Philippine Green Pigeon
  • Philippine Hanging Parrot
  • Philippine Trogon

Red Birds

  • Flame-templed Babbler
  • Philippine Cockatoo
  • Red-keeled Flowerpecker

Yellow Birds

  • Philippine Bulbul
  • Philippine Oriole
  • Yellow-breasted Fruit Dove

Orange Birds

  • Coppersmith Barbet
  • Flame-breasted Fruit Dove

Brown Birds

  • Brown Shrike
  • Philippine Brown Dove
  • Philippine Serpent Eagle

Black Birds

  • Black-naped Oriole
  • Philippine Crow
  • Philippine Drongo

White Birds

  • Philippine Magpie-robin
  • White-collared Kingfisher
  • White-eared Brown Dove

Gray Birds

  • Gray-backed Tailorbird
  • Philippine Falconet

The Philippines is a birdwatcher’s paradise with a rich diversity of avian species due to its unique geographical location and varied habitats. Some of the best birding sites in the country include Subic Bay, Palawan Island, and Rajah Sikatuna National Park. The peak season for birdwatching in the Philippines varies depending on whether one is interested in observing migratory birds or resident bird species. The country’s unique location along the East Asian-Australasian Flyway makes it a crucial stopover for many migratory bird species during their winter migration. On the other hand, resident bird species can be observed year-round.


1. What birds are endangered in the Philippines?

Several birds living in the Philippines are at risk of going extinct. This includes the Luzon Hornbill, the Philippine Cockatoo, and the Writhe-billed Hornbill.

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