Remember the tales of Ibong Adarna?
This male golden pheasant, also referred to as the “rainbow pheasant,” was spotted foraging in an aviary at Semirara Island, Antique.
“In my 27 years of experience, this is the first time I saw this bird called “Ibong Adarna” with my own eyes.”– Ricardo Go, the netizen who shared the photos.
Upon further verification, Mr. Go actually published the photos on his Facebook account last 2019 but only resurfaced just recently after several Facebook Pages shared his photos. Regardless, it’s interesting to see this type of bird flying around our country.
The golden pheasant is endemic to China. It is famous for its vivid feathers and long tail and is The golden pheasant is a Chinese endemic. It’s known for its bright feathers and long tail, and it’s said to be the model of the mythical phoenix.
Ibong Adarna is based on classic Filipino folklore about an ailing king who sends his three sons on a quest to find the “Ibong Adarna” as the only remedy for his illness, with the promise that whoever captures the bird and brings it to him will inherit the throne. Love, sacrifice, and fantasy are all themes in this fascinating legend.