The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Davao shared pictures of “Ibong Adarna” in the tropical forest of Mt. Apo.
“This bird in astonishing hues is the Philippine Trogon (𝐻𝑎𝑟𝑝𝑎𝑐𝑡𝑒𝑠 𝑎𝑟𝑑𝑒𝑛𝑠), one of the radiant birds that we can possibly lay our eyes on,” DENR Davao said in a Facebook post.
The female Philippine Trogon. Photo courtesy of Kemuel Libre, DENR PAMBCS XI
According to the DENR, the male Philippine Trogon has the characteristics of bright colors, while its female counterpart possesses shades of mustard yellow and an olive-brown head.
The male Philippine Trogon. Photo courtesy of Jonet Carpio
“They feed on insects and fruits and shelters on tree hollows. Being reluctant to people, they found bliss in the darker portions of our forest,” they wrote in their caption.
The DENR added that this kind of bird is endemic in the country and associated with the famous Filipino epic poem.
Furthermore, the department reminded the people to protect and preserve the said kind of bird.