Birds of the Philippines
Photos and videos of wild birds found in the Philippines. We travel all over the Philippines to document and take pictures of birds. Our goal is to make this site a resource of information and images about wild birds of the Philippines.
This is our online life list, in photographs and videos of wild birds found in the Philippines. There are 673 species of birds in the Philippines, and of these 234 are endemic, or found only in the Philippines. We became birdwatchers in May 2008. Taking pictures of birds started off simply as a means to identify the birds. It did not take long however to get hooked by the fun and challenge of capturing these wonderful birds in photographs and video. It takes a lot of effort and time to find and photograph the birds in the wild, but we think it is worth the trouble so people can see images of the birds in their natural habitat. We have since gone to many places visiting areas in Batanes, Luzon, Mindoro, Bohol, Cebu, Negros, Palawan, the Sulu Sea and Mindanao.
We hope our photos help people realize the wild areas of the Philippines are special places that should be cherished and protected.
Information on bird sizes, classification as to if it is an endemic, resident or migrant, as well as if the bird is rare, uncommon or common is taken from the book A Guide to the Birds of the Philippines by Robert S. Kennedy, Pedro C. Gonzales, Edward C. Dickinson, Hector C. Miranda Jr. and Timothy H. Fisher. This is the only complete guidebook to Philippine birds. It is referred to in this site as the Kennedy guide. We updated our checklist in 2014 and are now following the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines Checklist of Birds of the Philippines 2013. This checklist is mainly based on IOC v 3.5 and includes species unrecorded in the Kennedy guide, updated English names, splits recognized by the IOC, and a reorganization of bird families.
All of the photographs here are of birds in the wild. We constantly update the photos. It is our hope to improve the quality of our photos as well as try to get to photograph as many species as we encounter. We have seen more than 463 birds in the Philippines so far and have photographed 445 species.