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OneTravel Animal of the Week: The Magellan Birdwing Butterfly

This blog post was updated on October 18, 2018.

The Magellan Birdwing butterfly is as fascinating as it is physically stunning. Here’s what you need to know about this delicate, dazzling Philippine native.
Natural habitat: Throughout the Philippines and on Taiwan’s Orchid Island.
Protection status: Protected
Size: On average, male wingspans measure six to seven inches across and females can measure up to 10 inches across.

nectar from a range of plants and flowers


Fun facts: This butterfly is named for the first circumnavigator, Ferdinand Magellan, who was killed in the Philippines in 1521.


All that glitters isn’t really gold. The Magellan’s rear wings change into a green or blue color at an angle.

Photo: Charles A Heikkinen

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