Take a look, this isn’t your usual maya.

At first glance, these birds look exactly like the common brown maya or Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus) that can be seen perched on electric lines, houses, and even street signs of every city and town in the country. 

Take a closer look and you’ll see it’s an entirely different species.

For starters, its butt is yellow. That is actually how they got to be named as Yellow Vented Bulbuls (Pycnonotus goiavier), and yes, there’s a whole family of birds called Bulbuls. These fruit-loving creatures hang out most often near native trees that bear small fruits, they’re primary diet, such as Bignai.

If you’re observant enough, you can even see a hint of a mohawk on their heads. #walalang

This is only one of more than 600 species of birds we have in the Philippines. Help us make sure their habitat won’t disappear by becoming an official Haribon Member. Visit us at and sign up to be a Member today.

Photos by Ed Tiotuyco and Luke Imbong.