Deuterium metabolic imaging (DMI) is a new emerging technique, which can measure the metabolism in the brain non-invasively. In this work, a shielded 2H birdcage volume coil for the head was developed and compared with a 2H surface coil setup. In contrast to the surface coil, the 2H birdcage coil enabled high SNR DMI measurements over the entire brain. The homogeneous B1+ field of the birdcage coil allowed for T1 mapping of deuterated water in the brain. Overall, the developed 2H birdcage coil shows high potential for non-invasive metabolic imaging of the brain.