The Eurasian Tree Sparrow
Lovely photos by Bernadette Luna show us another side of the bird often mistaken for the maya
These birds are ubiquitous, particularly in Metro Manila and in major provinces across the Philippines. These little round bundles of brown feathers are in our backyards, on the busy streets, perched on electric and telephone wires. No wonder they’re our national bird, you may think. But they’re not our national bird anymore; that honor belongs to the gorgeous Philippine Eagle. What’s more, there may be no real mayas left in Metro Manila.