Ateneo Institute of Sustainability holds Ignatian Festival Bird Walks
Aside from being the nest of the “Blue Eagles,” the Ateneo is home to a number of indigenous or endemic species of birds in the country.
Around 48 to 50 species of birds are present in the Ateneo campus varying from the most common Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Maya) up to the most colorful and vibrant species of Kingfisher. “There are a lot of endemic birds like the Philippine Pygmy Woodpeckers, Plain Bush Hen, which really show the diversity here in the city. We don’t only have resident birds. Ateneo is providing them a home,” said Trinket Constantino of the Department of Biology and a member of the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines.
A series of bird walks have been happening in the campus this July in celebration of the Ignatian Festival “ReIgnite.” The Ateneo Institute of Sustainability partnered with the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines to head the bird walks.
“The bird walk will help us appreciate the value of the greenery around Ateneo as part of the few green places in the city. They’re usually relegated to small parks but sometimes even the parks are cemented. It’s usually the universities which can serve as green corridors. There’s a lot of wild life in the city and if there are no places like this, there’s nowhere for them to stay,” Constantino said.
Some of the kinds of birds that the group encountered were the Yellow-vented Bulbul, Collared Kingfisher, Black-napped Oriole, Coppersmith barbet, White-collared Kingfisher, White-breasted swallow, Long-tailed shrike, Oriental magpie robin, Pygmy wood pecker, Scaly-breasted Munia, and Golden-bellied Flyeater. Click here for more photos