A real-life Ibong Adarna, also known as The Adarna Bird, was seen in the tropical forest of Mount Apo.
On Facebook, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Davao Region (DENR Davao) shared photos of the beautiful creature. The bird is associated with a 16th-century Filipino epic poem described as a mythical and colorful bird in the fictional Kingdom of Berbania, which can turn people into a stone with its magical, healing voice.
“This bird in astonishing hues is the Philippine Trogon (𝐻𝑎𝑟𝑝𝑎𝑐𝑡𝑒𝑠 𝑎𝑟𝑑𝑒𝑛𝑠), one of the radiant birds that we can possibly lay our eyes on,” the post read.
The DENR Davao said it was a female bird that possessed subdued shades of mustard-yellow underparts and an olive-brown head, unlike the male Philippine Trogon with bright colors.
“They feed on insects and fruits and shelters on tree hollows. Being reluctant to people, they found bliss in the darker portions of our forests,” it added.
According to Haribon Foundation, more than 10% of the Philippine birds are included in the National List of Threatened Birds, and 15 vulnerable species have been considered “Near Threatened.”
The government agency also urged the public to protect and preserve Ibong Adarna.
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