The next time you’re walking along the streets of Manila, look up. See those birds that fly so fast and recklessly? You can actually find them everywhere and are as common as the little brown maya, but since they’re always swerving in the air, diving down, going in circles, and never seeming to stop, most people don’t know what they are.
They’re called Swallows! Picture here is the Pacific Swallow (Hirundo tahitica). They have a reddish-brownish-orangeish throat, and a dark blue head and body that almost seems to shine. These creatures feeds on insects so that they don’t become pests for us humans.
Swallows are just a few of the 600+ birds in the Philippines. Time to go exploring.
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Photo by Kdon Galay