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Birding The Philippines

With 7,100 islands stretching from the Malayan-Indonesian complex in the south to close to Taiwan in the north, sandwiched between the South China Sea and Pacific Ocean the Philippines is both a rewarding and difficult place to bird-watch. The processes of geography and evolution has left one of the highest degrees of endemism known in the world with some 172 species of birds only found within the archipelago. Add to those 8 species mainly found within the islands and a huge potential for further splits and one can see the attraction for birding here.

As if the prospect of travelling through a myriad of islands of different sizes, shapes and forms each often with its own dialect and transportation and access problems was not enough, the element of human influence is also one of the highest in the world. Virtually anywhere in the country there are people, either settlers or native tribes, encroaching on remnants of habitat in each of the islands. This pressure can be so intense that within a season a whole area can vanish, taking with it what was possibly a large percentage of the remaining population of several species in one fell swoop. Hence many visiting birders are told – visit now before it is too late.

The list of non-endemics reaches around 300 species although this has been increasing each year as more people regularly bird-watch and more foreign tours visit the islands. It is important that trip reports be relayed to the recording body so that valuable data may be gathered to add to what is currently a largely word-of-mouth list of sightings and numbers.

There are three generally recognized geographical regions – Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao, although for birdwatchers the area of Palawan is a 4th region that must be treated separately.

Luzon
The largest island with a limited number of associated islands off the north and east coasts, Luzon contain all the major habitats from mossy forest to marshlands. Due to logging there is extremely limited lowland forest left but within most mountainous areas small remnants of forest can be found. The island is relatively easy and safe to move around and with fairly good transportation links. There are a few birdwatching sites within or close to Metro Manila but most endemics are found scattered a day or two's travel away.

The Visayas
The belt of the Philippine archipelago, the Visayas consist of the majority of the islands. In ornithological terms there are two or three major areas – the Negros/Panay complex in the west, Cebu in the centre and the Bohol/Samar/Leyte group to the east, which have many shared species with Mindanao to the south. Environmental degradation in this region is extreme – especially in the east where several species are located in very small forest patches and some species may even be already extinct or in non-sustainable situations. Travel is again not difficult and the area is generally peaceful and easy to access. With most of the islands being small, travel time to sites is normally a day although there are no formal organised transportation links and most visitors use local guides.

Mindanao
A large island close to Borneo, Mindanao is also all to often seen in the news or travel advisory lists as a place to avoid. Instability does occur but in general it is within certain areas and other regions are peaceful and the people receptive. With a host of endemics, and being the last holdout for the Philippine Eagle, one can see why most people still want to visit but areas are restricted and travel mainly must be done with prior organization or with extra days on hand to move about.

Palawan
Some of the easiest birding in the country and set in a truly tropical setting, Palawan is a favourite for anyone. With its own set of birds quite distinct to the rest of the country and a good set of migrants it makes a pleasant change from the hard work of the heavily trapped and bird-poor forests of the rest of the Philippines.

Other wildlife
As with other tropical countries the forests abound with insects and reptiles making a pleasant diversion while waiting to see a bird. Orchids are also abundant and as with the birds, endemism is also common across all the biological communities.

Weather & other considerations
Although Mindanao has a more equatorial climate to the northern areas in general the islands are governed by a dual season climate – wet (June-October) and dry (December – April). Temperatures are normally between 25-35 although the mountains can be cold at night in the early part of the year. Malaria remains in a very few areas but is not a major problem and other diseases are not significant. Most normal facilities (food, health care, airports etc.) are available within a day's trek of any of the birding sites.

Birding around Manila
Within the city are two main sites that are easily accessible to a visitor; the American Memorial cemetery and the Libingan ng mga Bayani (or National Heroes cemetery). Both have a small selection of birds and are a good place to see passage migrants. Just to the south of Manila and about a 2 hour drive lies Mount Makiling which holds a good number of wet lowland forest endemics and is worth a visit at any time of year. Rather basic accommodation is available locally for those wanting an early start although many people do the site on a day-trip basis. Also 2 hours to the south lies a forested area known as Pico do Loro although a reference to Caylabne Bay or Puerto Azul (beach resorts) would be more likely to get you there. A dry lowland forest it has many shared species with Makiling and also a few others, which are not.

Records
Please do feel free to contact the Wild Bird Club: inquiries@birdwatch.ph or see our Facebook Page: Wild Bird Club of the Philippines for any information – particularly regarding birding around Metro Manila. In addition we request all records and/or trip reports be sent to mccarthy@qinet.net in order to help build up our database.

Contributor

James McCarthy

Co-Founder - Wild Bird Club of the Philippines

mccarthy@qinet.net

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Number of Species

Number of bird species: 657

(As at January 2019)

National Bird: Pilippine (Monkey-eating) Eagle Pithecophaga jefferyi

Endemics

Number of endemics: 256 - 110 of which are Non-Passerines

Palawan Peacock-pheasant Polyplectron napoleonis Philippine Duck Anas luzonica Philippine Collared-dove Streptopelia dusumieri Luzon Bleeding-heart Gallicolumba luzonica Mindanao Bleeding-heart Gallicolumba crinigera Mindoro Bleeding-heart Gallicolumba platenae Negros Bleeding-heart Gallicolumba keayi Sulu Bleeding-heart Gallicolumba menagei White-eared Brown-dove Phapitreron leucotis  Buff-eared Brown-dove Phapitreron nigrorum Short-billed Brown-dove Phapitreron brevirostris Amethyst Brown-dove Phapitreron amethystinus Grey-breasted Brown-dove Phapitreron maculipectus  Cebu Brown-dove Phapitreron frontalis  Dark-eared Brown-dove Phapitreron brunneiceps Tawitawi Brown-dove Phapitreron cinereiceps  Philippine Green-pigeon Treron axillaris Pink-bellied Imperial-pigeon Ducula poliocephala Mindoro Imperial-pigeon Ducula mindorensis Spotted Imperial-pigeon Ducula carola Cream-bellied Fruit-dove Ramphiculus merrilli  Flame-breasted Fruit-dove Ramphiculus marchei  Yellow-breasted Fruit-dove Ramphiculus occipitalis   Negros Fruit-dove Ptilinopus arcanus   Philippine Frogmouth Batrachostomus septimus   Philippine Nightjar Caprimulgus manillensis   Philippine Spinetail Mearnsia picina   Pygmy Swiftlet Collocalia troglodytes   Whitehead's Swiftlet Aerodramus whiteheadi   Philippine Swiftlet Aerodramus mearnsi   Rufous Coucal Centropus unirufus   Black-faced Coucal Centropus melanops   Black-hooded Coucal Centropus steerii   Philippine Coucal Centropus viridis   Red-crested Malkoha Dasylophus superciliosus   Scale-feathered Malkoha Lepidogrammus cumingi   Philippine Drongo-cuckoo Surniculus velutinus   Philippine Hawk-cuckoo Hierococcyx pectoralis   Brown-banded Rail Lewinia mirifica   Calayan Rail Gallirallus calayanensis   Philippine Bush-hen Amaurornis olivacea   Bukidnon Woodcock Scolopax bukidnonensis   Spotted Buttonquail Turnix ocellatus   Luzon Buttonquail Turnix worcesteri   Chocolate Boobook Ninox randi   Luzon Boobook Ninox philippensis   Mindanao Boobook Ninox spilocephala   Camiguin Boobook Ninox leventisi Sulu Boobook Ninox reyi   Cebu Boobook Ninox rumseyi   Romblon Boobook Ninox spilonotus Mindoro Boobook Ninox mindorensis   Giant Scops-owl Otus gurneyi   Luzon Lowland Scops-owl Otus megalotis   Visayan Scops-owl Otus nigrorum   Mindanao Lowland Scops-owl Otus everetti   Palawan Scops-owl Otus fuliginosus   Luzon Highland Scops-owl Otus longicornis  Mindanao Highland Scops-owl Otus mirus   Mindoro Scops-owl Otus mindorensis   Philippine Eagle-owl Bubo philippensis   Philippine Honey-buzzard Pernis steerei   Philippine Serpent-eagle Spilornis holospilus   Philippine Eagle Pithecophaga jefferyi   North Philippine Hawk-eagle Nisaetus philippensis  South Philippine Hawk-eagle Nisaetus pinskeri   Philippine Trogon Harpactes ardens   Northern Rufous Hornbill Buceros hydrocorax   Southern Rufous Hornbill Buceros mindanensis   Sulu Hornbill Anthracoceros montani   Palawan Hornbill Anthracoceros marchei   Writhed Hornbill Rhabdotorrhinus leucocephalus   Rufous-headed Hornbill Rhabdotorrhinus waldeni   Visayan Hornbill Penelopides panini   Mindanao Hornbill Penelopides affinis   Mindoro Hornbill Penelopides mindorensis  Luzon Hornbill Penelopides manillae   Rufous-crowned Bee-eater Merops americanus   North Philippine Dwarf-kingfisher Ceyx melanurus   South Philippine Dwarf-Kingfisher Ceyx mindanensis   Dimorphic Dwarf-kingfisher Ceyx margarethae   Northern Indigo-banded Kingfisher Ceyx cyanopectus  Southern Indigo-banded Kingfisher Ceyx nigrirostris   Northern Silvery Kingfisher Ceyx flumenicola   Southern Silvery Kingfisher Ceyx argentatus   White-throated Kingfisher Halcyon gularis   Spotted Kingfisher Actenoides lindsayi   Blue-capped Kingfisher Actenoides hombroni   Rufous-lored Kingfisher Todiramphus winchelli   Red-headed Flameback Chrysocolaptes erythrocephalus   Luzon Flameback Chrysocolaptes haematribon   Buff-spotted Flameback Chrysocolaptes lucidus   Yellow-faced Flameback Chrysocolaptes xanthocephalus   Spot-throated Flameback Dinopium everetti   Northern Sooty Woodpecker Mulleripicus funebris   Sooty Woodpecker Mulleripicus fuliginosus   Philippine Pygmy Woodpecker Picoides maculatus   Sulu Pygmy Woodpecker Picoides ramsayi   Philippine Falconet Microhierax erythrogenys   Philippine Cockatoo Cacatua haematuropygia   Mindanao Lorikeet Trichoglossus johnstoniae   Guaiabero Bolbopsittacus lunulatus   Philippine Hanging-parrot Loriculus philippensis   Mindanao Racquet-tail Prioniturus waterstradti   Montane Racquet-tail Prioniturus montanus   Blue-headed Racquet-tail Prioniturus platenae   Mindoro Racquet-tail Prioniturus mindorensis   Sulu Racquet-tail Prioniturus verticalis   Green Racquet-tail Prioniturus luconensis   Blue-crowned Racquet-tail Prioniturus discurus  

Number of endemics: 256 - 146 of which are Passerines

Philippine Pitta Erythropitta erythrogaster  Whiskered Pitta Erythropitta kochi   Azure-breasted Pitta Pitta steerii   Visayan Wattled Broadbill Sarcophanops samarensis   Mindanao Wattled Broadbill Sarcophanops steerii   Philippine Oriole Oriolus steerii White-lored Oriole Oriolus albiloris   Isabela Oriole Oriolus isabellae   Yellow-bellied Whistler Pachycephala philippinensis   Green-backed Whistler Pachycephala albiventris   Visayan Cuckooshrike Coracina panayensis   McGregor's Cuckooshrike Malindangia mcgregori   White-winged Cicadabird Edolisoma ostentum   Blackish Cicadabird Edolisoma coerulescens   Black-bibbed Cicadabird Edolisoma mindanense   Northern Black-and-white Triller Lalage melanoleuca   Black-and-white Triller Lalage minor Black-and-cinnamon Fantail Rhipidura nigrocinnamomea Blue-headed Fantail Rhipidura cyaniceps Tablas Fantail Rhipidura sauli Visayan Fantail Rhipidura albiventris Visayan Blue Fantail Rhipidura samarensis Mindanao Blue Fantail Rhipidura superciliaris Philippine Pied Fantail Rhipidura nigritorquis Balicassiao Dicrurus balicassius Short-tailed Drongo Dicrurus striatus Tablas Drongo Dicrurus menagei Short-crested Monarch Hypothymis helenae Celestial Monarch Hypothymis coelestis Northern Rufous Paradise-flycatcher Terpsiphone unirufa Rufous Paradise-flycatcher Terpsiphone cinnamomea Blue Paradise-flycatcher Terpsiphone cyanescens Mountain Shrike Lanius validirostris Elegant Tit Pardaliparus elegans Palawan Tit Pardaliparus amabilis White-fronted Tit Sittiparus semilarvatus Visayan Miniature Babbler Micromacronus leytensis Mindanao Miniature Babbler Micromacronus sordidus Rufous-fronted Tailorbird Orthotomus frontalis Green-backed Tailorbird Orthotomus chloronotus Chestnut-crowned Tailorbird Orthotomus castaneiceps Yellow-breasted Tailorbird Orthotomus samarensis Black-headed Tailorbird Orthotomus nigriceps White-eared Tailorbird Orthotomus cinereiceps Grey-backed Tailorbird Orthotomus derbianus Long-tailed Grasshopper-warbler Locustella caudata Benguet Grasshopper-warbler Locustella seebohmi Cordillera Ground-warbler Robsonius rabori  Sierra Madre Ground-warbler Robsonius thompsoni Bicol Ground-warbler Robsonius sorsogonensis Palawan Bulbul Alophoixus frater Sulphur-bellied Bulbul Iole palawanensis Zamboanga Bulbul Hypsipetes rufigularis Yellowish Bulbul Hypsipetes everetti Camiguin Bulbul Hypsipetes catarmanensis Sulu Bulbul Hypsipetes haynaldi Streak-breasted Bulbul Hypsipetes siquijorensis Philippine Bulbul Hypsipetes philippinus Ashy-fronted Bulbul Pycnonotus cinereifrons Yellow-wattled Bulbul Poliolophus urostictus Lemon-throated Leaf-warbler Phylloscopus cebuensis Philippine Leaf-warbler Phylloscopus olivaceus Philippine Bush-warbler Horornis seebohmi Palawan Striped Babbler Zosterornis hypogrammicus Panay Striped Babbler Zosterornis latistriatus Negros Striped Babbler Zosterornis nigrorum Luzon Striped Babbler Zosterornis striatus  Chestnut-faced Babbler Zosterornis whiteheadi Mindanao White-eye Heleia goodfellowi Golden-crowned Babbler Sterrhoptilus dennistouni Black-crowned Babbler Sterrhoptilus nigrocapitatus Rusty-crowned Babbler Sterrhoptilus capitalis Flame-templed Babbler Dasycrotapha speciose Visayan Pygmy Babbler Dasycrotapha pygmaea Mindanao Pygmy Babbler Dasycrotapha plateni Yellowish White-eye Zosterops nigrorum Brown Tit-babbler Macronus striaticeps Melodious Babbler Malacopteron palawanense Ashy-headed Babbler Trichastoma cinereiceps Bagobo Babbler Leonardina woodi Striated Wren-babbler Ptilocichla mindanensis Wren-babbler Ptilocichla falcata Sulphur-billed Nuthatch Sitta oenochlamys Stripe-headed Rhabdornis Rhabdornis mystacalis Grand Rhabdornis Rhabdornis grandis Visayan Rhabdornis Rhabdornis rabori Stripe-breasted Rhabdornis Rhabdornis inornatus Apo Myna Goodfellowia miranda Coleto Sarcops calvus Ashy Thrush Geokichla cinereal Philippine Magpie-robin Copsychus mindanensis White-browed Shama Kittacincla luzoniensis Visayan Shama Kittacincla superciliaris White-vented Shama Kittacincla nigra Black Shama Kittacincla cebuensis Ashy-breasted Flycatcher Muscicapa randi Blue-breasted Blue-flycatcher Cyornis herioti Rufous-breasted Blue-flycatcher Cyornis camarinensis Palawan Blue-flycatcher Cyornis lemprieri White-throated Jungle-flycatcher Vauriella albigularis White-browed Jungle-flycatcher Vauriella insignis Slaty-backed Jungle-flycatcher Vauriella goodfellowi  Philippine Shortwing Brachypteryx poliogyna Little Slaty Flycatcher Ficedula basilanica Thicket Flycatcher Ficedula luzoniensis Cryptic Flycatcher Ficedula crypta Furtive Flycatcher Ficedula disposita  Palawan Flycatcher Ficedula platenae Luzon Water-redstart Phoenicurus bicolor Palawan Fairy-bluebird Irena tweeddalii Philippine Fairy-bluebird Irena cyanogastra Yellow-throated Leafbird Chloropsis palawanensis Philippine Leafbird Chloropsis flavipennis Olive-backed Flowerpecker Prionochilus olivaceus Palawan Flowerpecker Prionochilus plateni Whiskered Flowerpecker Dicaeum proprium Yellow-crowned Flowerpecker Dicaeum anthonyi Flame-crowned Flowerpecker Dicaeum kampalili Bicoloured Flowerpecker Dicaeum bicolor Red-keeled Flowerpecker Dicaeum austral Black-belted Flowerpecker Dicaeum haematostictum Scarlet-collared Flowerpecker Dicaeum retrocinctum Cebu Flowerpecker Dicaeum quadricolor Buzzing Flowerpecker Dicaeum hypoleucum Olive-capped Flowerpecker Dicaeum nigrilore Pygmy Flowerpecker Dicaeum pygmaeum Fire-throated Flowerpecker Dicaeum luzoniense Palawan Spiderhunter Arachnothera dilutior Orange-tufted Spiderhunter Arachnothera flammifera Naked-faced Spiderhunter Arachnothera clarae Grey-throated Sunbird Anthreptes griseigularis Orange-lined Sunbird Leptocoma juliae Lovely Sunbird Aethopyga shelleyi Magnificent Sunbird Aethopyga magnifica Metallic-winged Sunbird Aethopyga pulcherrima Flaming Sunbird Aethopyga flagrans Maroon-naped Sunbird Aethopyga guimarasensis Handsome Sunbird Aethopyga bella Lina's Sunbird Aethopyga linaraborae Grey-hooded Sunbird Aethopyga primigenia Apo Sunbird Aethopyga boltoni Green-faced Parrotfinch Erythrura viridifacies Red-eared Parrotfinch Erythrura coloria Cinnamon Ibon Hypocryptadius cinnamomeus White-cheeked Bullfinch Pyrrhula leucogenis Mindanao Seri Chrysocorythus mindanensis

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Useful Reading

A Guide to the Birds of the Philippines

By Robert S Kennedy, Pedro C. Gonzales, Edward C Dickinson, Hector C Miranda Jr & Timothy H Fisher | Oxford University Press | 2000 | Paperback | 368 pages, 72 colour plates, colour maps |

ISBN: 9780198546689

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A Naturalist's Guide to the Birds of the Philippines

By Maia Tañedo, Adrian Constantino, Trinket Constantino & Robert Hutchinson | John Beaufoy Books | 2018 | Edition 2 | Paperback | 176 pages, ~300 colour photos, 2 colour maps |

ISBN: 9781912081530

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A Photographic Guide to the Birds of Southeast Asia

(Including the Philippines & Borneo) | By Morten Strange | Periplus Editions | 2014 | Paperback | 398 pages, colour photos, colour distribution maps |

ISBN: 9780804844512

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A Photographic Guide to the Birds of the Philippines

By Tim Fisher & Nigel Hicks | New Holland Publishers | 2000 | Paperback | 141 pages, 240 colour photos |

ISBN: 9781859745106

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Birds of South-East Asia

by Craig Robson | Christopher Helm | 2014 | Edition 2 | Paperback | 544 pages, 120 plates with 3600+ colour illustrations; 3 b/w illustrations, 1 colour & 1 b/w map |

ISBN: 9781472916693

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Birds of the Philippines, Sumatra, Java, Bali, Borneo, Sulawesi, the Lesser Sundas and the Moluccas

By Norman Arlott | William Collins (Harper Collins imprint) | 2018 | Hardback | 416 pages, 179 plates with colour illustrations; colour distribution maps |

ISBN: 9780008102395

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The 125 Best Bird Watching Sites in Southeast Asia

Edited by Yong Ding Li & Low Bing Wen | John Beaufoy Books | Edition 2 | 2018 | 404 pages, colour photos, colour maps |

ISBN: 9781912081523

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Organisations

Birdwatch Philippines

Facebook Page

…the official website of the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines. Our group of enthusiastic amateurs welcome you to enjoy the wonderful avifauna of the Philippines. Checkout our trip reports, and ever-growing list and gallery of resident and migratory birds. email inquiries@birdwatch.ph

Jeepney Projects

Website

We’ve long held a fascination for the Philippine Eagle, the national symbol of the Philippines and the biggest eagle in the world (tied with with the Harpy Eagle of South America). Our trip to Mt. Kitanglad on Mindanao to see wild nesting eagles and other endemic birds sealed the deal! The Philippine Eagle is the coolest most spectacular bird in the world, in our judgement…

The Haribon Foundation

Website

9A Malingap Cot, Malumanay Streets, Teachers Village, 1101 Diliman, Quezon City. +63 2 4362756 birdlife@haribon.org.ph
About Haribon Foundation Our Vision: Haribon's vision is sustainable development for the Philippines. This means creatively ensuring that the needs for the present are met without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. (From the World Commission on Environment & Development) Addressing poverty, Haribon envisions the need for management of natural resources to be community-based, socially equitable and scientifically sound. Haribon's vision is life-cantered, nature-promoting and pro-Filipino.

Reserves

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BR Palawan Biosphere Reserve

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Palawan Biosphere Reserve is an island slash of mountain and tropical rain forest filled with rare and interesting birds and four-footed wildlife, bordered by white sand beaches, ringed by coral reefs some 120 miles (190 km) west of the main Philippines group between the Sulu and China Seas. Isolation has helped maintain its largely pristine state, though with discovery of valuable woods and mineral deposits of chrome, copper, manganese, nickel, as well as oil and gas, it is uncertain how long this will last…

BS IBA Candaba Swamp

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Candaba Swamp is located in the Candaba, Pampanga municipality, 60 km northeast of Manila in the Philippines. It encompasses about 32,000 ha, made of freshwater ponds, swamps and marshes surrounded by seasonally flooded grasslands. The entire area becomes submerged underwater during the wet season. It dries out during the months of November to April.

BS WII IBA Olango Island Group

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The Olango Island Group is a group of islands found in the Central Visayas region of the Philippines and is a part of Cebu Province. It comprises Olango island and 6 satellite islets namely: Sulpa, Gilutongan, Nalusuan, Caohagan, Pangan-an, and Camungi. The entire area is the first declared Ramsar Wetland Site in the Philippines. Olango Island, situated off Mactan Island in Cebu, is one of the seven best-known flyways in the world for migrating birds. Its main attraction is its 920-hectare Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary, a haven for migratory birds from Siberia, Northern China, and Japan. These birds flock to the island seeking refuge from the winter climate of other countries. The sanctuary supports the largest concentration of migratory birds found so far in the Philippines. There are 97 species of birds in Olango, 48 of which are migratory species, while the rest are resident birds of the island.

NP Quezon

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The parks has a total area of 535.08 hectares (1,322.2 acres) and was named as Quezon National Park. The park was enlarged to 983 hectares (2,430 acres). Some of the species in the park are the monitor lizard, monkey, deer, wild pig, parrot, dove, pigeon, jungle fowl (manok labuyo), yellow bittern, cinnamon bittern, buff-banded rail, barred rail, white-browed crake, marsh sandpiper, long-toed stint, Swinhoe's snipe, striated grassbird, rufous hornbill, Luzon hornbill, pink-bellied imperial pigeon, guaiabero, colasisi, blackish cuckooshrike, flaming sunbird and flowerpecker.

NP Rajah Sikatuna

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The Rajah Sikatuna Protected Landscape is a protected landscape area of forested limestone hills, grasslands and natural springs in the island province of Bohol in the Central Visayas region of the Philippines. It is the largest remaining tract of natural forest in Bohol and one of the Philippines' top birdwatching sites. The Rajah Sikatuna Protected Landscape is an important bird area being home to over 120 bird species, many of which are endemic to the Philippines, which include the endangered streaked reed warbler and Philippine cockatoo, as well as the Philippine hawk-eagle, Visayan broadbill, Samar hornbill, Mindanao bleeding-heart, Philippine eagle-owl, Philippine oriole, Philippine frogmouth, azure-breasted pitta, rufous-tailed jungle flycatcher, rufous-lored kingfisher, southern silvery kingfisher, yellow-breasted tailorbird, yellow-bellied whistler, black-crowned babbler, Philippine hanging parrot, Philippine fairy-bluebird, Philippine trogon and Philippine leaf warbler

NP Samar Island Natural Park

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The Samar Island Natural Park, in Samar, is the largest contiguous tract of old-growth forest in the Philippines. It is the country's largest terrestrial protected area, with an area of 333,300 hectares (824,000 acres). The park is a known habitat of the Philippine eagle. It also has a significant population of the Philippine eagle-owl, Philippine tarsier, Philippine flying lemur and Philippine tree squirrel.

Wetlands

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The Philippines currently has 7 sites designated as Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Sites), with a surface area of 244,017 hectares.

WS Agusan Marsh

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The marshland acts like a sponge, as it is nestled in the midwaters of the Agusan River drainage basin. Within its lakes, several floating communities can be found. The sanctuary was home to the 20.24 feet (6.17 meter) saltwater crocodile Lolong, the world's largest captive crocodile. Over 200 individual species have been known to spend at least part of the year in the marsh, making it one of Asia's most important transit points for wild birds.

WS Mount Calavite

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The mountain overlooks the municipality of Paluan in the south and the Lubang Island group in the Verde Island Passage in the north. It is one of only three areas in the island where Mindoro dwarf buffalos, commonly known as tamaraws, are found. Other wildlife known to inhabit the park include endemic bird species such as the Mindoro bleeding-heart, Mindoro hornbill, spotted imperial pigeon and scarlet-collared flowerpecker.

WS Mount Hamiguitan

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Mount Hamiguitan is a mountain located in the province of Davao Oriental, Philippines. It has a height of 1,620 metres (5,315 ft). The mountain and its vicinity has one of the most diverse wildlife populations in the country. Among the wildlife found in the area are Philippine eagles and several species of Nepenthes. Some of the latter, such as the Nepenthes peltata, are endemic to the area. It is good for Tawitawi brown-dove (Phapitreron cinereiceps), Tarictic hornbill (Penelopides panini), Grey-hooded sunbird (Aethopyga primigenius) & Giant scops-owl or Mindanao eagle-owl (Mimizuku gurneyi)

WS Rasa Island

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Rasa Island is a flat coral island in the Sulu Sea just off the coast of the municipality of Narra in Palawan, Philippines. It is a shallow island surrounded by mangroves and tidal flats containing one of the country's last remaining coastal forests. The island is home to the largest population of the endemic and critically endangered Philippine cockatoo in the wild in the Philippines and is also known as the red-vented cockatoo, a parrot species endemic to the Philippines.

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Guides & Tour Operators

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Birding Adventure Philippines

Tour Operator

Birding tours anywhere in the Philippines…

Birding Ecotours

Tour Operator

The Philippine Archipelago (more commonly known simply as the Philippines) is a remarkable collection of over 7000 individual islands. From a birding point of view, it uniquely combines influences from tropical south-east Asia and the more temperate parts of the continent (Japan, China and Korea). However, about a third of the birds are endemic, including some of the most spectacular species on the planet. Philippine (Monkey-eating) Eagle is the largest eagle on earth, and is reason enough for most wildlife enthusiasts to visit this island nation.

Endemic Pursuit Tours

Tour Operator

I specialise in guided bird watching trips to the various islands of the Philippines with special emphasis on finding the endemic species some of which are now very rare…

Rockjumper Birding Tours

Tour Operator

Our Endangered Endemics birding tour explores the Philippines’ three largest islands and covers the best of the remaining habitats in our attempts to find some of the world’s most spectacular and threatened birds.

Trip Reports

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CloudBirders

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CloudBirders was created by a group of Belgian world birding enthusiasts and went live on 21st of March 2013. They provide a large and growing database of birding trip reports, complemented with extensive search, voting and statistical features.

2010 [02 February] - Simon Harrap

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…we recorded a total of 306 species including an extremely high proportion of the available endemics (the exact total of endemics depends upon the taxonomy followed). Highlights included the awesome Philippine Eagle, Palawan Peacock-Pheasant, a superb set of kingfishers (including the beautiful Silvery, Spotted Wood and Rufous-lored Kingfishers), five endemic hornbills, Red-bellied and Azure-breasted Pittas, brilliant nightbirds (including Philippine and Chocolate Hawk-Owls, Luzon and Palawan Scops Owls, Spotted Wood Owl, and Philippine and Palawan Frogmouths), Falcated Ground-Babbler, six endemic sunbirds and nine endemic flowerpeckers…

2010 [03 March] - Stijn De Win

Report

This year’s tour took off with our successful visit to Mt.Kitanglad and consequently scored on ‘the’ Great Philippine Monkey-eating Eagle right away on the first full birdwatching day on the mountain. Excellent start and together with plenty other highlights inclusive Red-eared Parrotfinch, Apo Myna and Sunbird, White-cheeked Bullfinch, Blue-capped Wood Kingfisher, Mountain Shrike, Bukidnon Woodcock and an incredibly obliging Philippine Frogmouth, left Mindanao to pick up the endangered Black Shama on Cebu…

2011 [08 August] - Geoff Dobbs

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This report is based on three visits to the Philippines, 2009-2011. The latest being: 28th July - 17th August 2011: with Chris Straw - Mindanao PICOP and Mt Pasian, Zamboanga, Palawan Chris only, Luzon Mt Makiling, Mt Polis and Subic, and Mindoro only vicinity of Puerto Galera…

2013 [02 February] - Rob Hutchinson

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…A clean-up on Palawan included a surprise daytime Mantanani Scops Owl, Falcated Ground Babbler, the rare Red-headed Flameback, Philippine Cockatoo and the ever obliging Palawan Peacock Pheasant, the latter alone making the trip worthwhile – go soon while he is still around…

2013 [02 February] - Stijn De Win

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…There’re 2 good and easy birding sites to visit near Davao, I did focus on a site called ‘Barangay Eden’ in the foothills of the majestic Mt. Apo, as this is the best place in Philippines to connect with the rare and localized Whiskered Flowerpecker. Besides numerous sightings of this the site did hold many of the same Mindanao mountain specialities also found on Kitanglad…

2013 [03 March] - Dave Stejskal & Mark Villa

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…Others that got our attention on the islands were that close Palawan Scops-Owl and Javan Frogmouth, confiding Tabon Scrubfowl, the small group of endangered Philippine Cockatoos headed to roost, our timely group of Palawan Hornbills, stunning Blue Paradise-Flycatcher, and a very cooperative Falcated Wren-Babbler, to mention just a few…

2013 [03 March] - David Marques - Luzon & Palawan

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…The forest along the road looks great and although we did not get the Palawan Flycatcher in the heat of the mid-day, it must be around there. The Melodious Babbler was more responsive to tape, but a hard skulker….

2013 [03 March] - Rob Hutchinson

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…The tour was extremely successful finding all expected endemics on Mindoro including Mindoro Hornbill, Mindoro Boobook and the critically endangered Black-hooded Coucal. In the Sierra Madre mountains of northern Luzon the highlight was the enigmatic Whiskered Pitta with a fine supporting cast of Sierra Madre Crow, Golden-crowned and Luzon Striped Babblers, Cream-bellied Fruit Dove and more. A most unexpected typhoon cut short our time on Bohol but we still found Yellow-breasted Tailorbird, Black-crowned Babbler and Visayan Wattled Broadbill, before a full day on Cebu with Black Shama, Cebu Bulbul and Cebu Boobook…

2013 [04 April] - Arjan Brenkman & Jan van der Laan

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…Other species we saw where Chinese Sparrow-Hawk, Asia Koel, Blue-naped Parrot, White-lored Oriole, Philippine Serpent-Eagle, Philippine Pygmy Woodpecker, Kamchatka Leaf Warbler, Japanese Leaf Warbler (both splits from Arctic Warbler), Spotted Wood-Kingfisher, White-breasted Kingfisher, Red Junglefowl, Rufous-headed Bee-eater, Oriental Dollarbird, Whiskered Treeswift, Brahminy Kite, Blue Rock-Thrush, Crested Myna, a distant Roseate (or Black- naped?) Tern, Philippine Falconet, Rufous Coucal, Philippine Green-Pigeon, Luzon Flameback, Guiabero, Colasisi, Barred Rail, Plain Bush-Hen, Emerald Dove, Green Imperial Pigeon, Luzon Hornbill, Scale-feathered & Rough-crested Malkoha, Philippine Hawk-Cuckoo, White-breasted Treeswallow, Amethyst Brown-Dove, Blackish Cuckoo-Shrike…

2013 [09 September] - Charles Harper

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…Also, we were not able to visit private Pandan Island (in Honda Bay off Puerto Princesa) for its islet specialties: an unscrupulous foreign birding guide had shaken the tree holding the Mantanani Scops Owl, so the island's owner has forbidden access to future birders for the present….

2013 [12 December] - Jim Holmes

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2013 [12 December] - Jim Holmes - Palawan

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2014 [02 February] - Chris Chafer - Palawan, Bohol, Cebu & C Luzon

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…Started walking just after dawn with some great birds including Spotted Wood Kingfisher, Red-bellied Pitta, Hooded Pitta, White-eared Brown-Dove, Bared Rail, Ashy Thrush, Striated Grassbird, Philippine Tailorbird, Golden-bellied Gerygone, Mangrove Blue Flycatcher and Lowland White-eye. Next was University of Philippines Dillman where we added Philippine Nightjar, White-browed Crake, Glossy Swiftlet, Pygmy Swiftlet, Philippine Woodpecker, Chestnut Munia and White-browed Crake. Late transfer to Mt. Makiling south of Manila where we stayed at TREES Hotel (basic but comfortable). Not a bad start to the trip…

2014 [02 February] - Rob Hutchinson

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…Although not an ideal time of day we also found a couple more endemics; Yellow- bellied Whistler and an obliging Philippine Leaf Warbler pair. Hanging around after dark both Everett’s and Giant Scops Owl were heard only, but a fantastic Philippine Frogmouth ended proceedings in style…

2014 [02 February] - Simon Harrap

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…It was predictably quiet, but we did have Green Racket-tail more views of Rufous Coucal and, towards dusk, a brief look at a Spotted Wood Kingfisher….

2014 [02 February] - Stijn De Win - Luzon, Bohol, Cebu and Mindanao

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…Spotted Wood Kingfisher had been calling at dusk but the daylight was going fast and so we started the next day in the same spot for the same Kingfisher. It proved fruitful and everyone had good views of the Spotted Kingfisher within a couple minutes…

2014 [03 March] - Rob Hutchinson

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…A clean-up on the possible Palawan endemics included Falcated Ground Babbler, the rare Red-headed Flameback, Philippine Cockatoo and the ever-obliging Palawan Peacock Pheasant, the latter alone making the trip worthwhile – go soon while he is still around!…

2014 [07 July] - Birding2Asia - Lake Dano

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...Intact forest at Lake Danao was visited on 3 occasions in 2011 and 4 times in 2012. Sightings other than stuff mentioned above include; Silvery Kingfisher, Philippine Duck, Philippine Woodpecker, Elegant Tit, Sulphur-billed Nuthatch, Buzzing Flowerpecker, Pygmy Flowerpecker, Visayan Pygmy Babbler, Philippine Leaf Warbler, Philippine Drongo Cuckoo, Purple Needletail, Philippine Needletail, Citrine Flycatcher, Rufous-tailed Jungle-Flycatcher, White-eared Brown Dove, Philippine Serpent Eagle, Samar Hornbill, Rufous-fronted Tailorbird, Black-faced Coucal, Red-bellied Pitta and Yellow-breasted Fruit-Dove....

2014 [07 July] - Oscar Campbell - Luzon, Bohol, Cebu & Palawan

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...The nucleus of these comprised Mountain and, especially, Yellowish White-eyes, soon followed by Sulphur-billed Nuthatch and Blue-headed Fantail. The elevated viewpoint is handy for flowerpeckers with Bicolored and, especially, Buzzing rather frequent. Also quite easy are Citrine Canary-Flycatcher, Black-naped Monarch, Lemon-throated Leaf-Warbler, Elegant Tit and Balicassio whilst Pygmy Swiftlets are whizzing about everywhere...

2015 [01 January] - Ralf Jahraus - Luzon and Mindoro

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This report is based on an 11 weeks trip to Thailand, Laos and the Philippines on which I was joined by my girlfriend Thai Kong. We travelled 4 weeks by public transport on Luzon and Mindoro and visited the following sites for bird watching: Subic Bay, Candaba Marsh, Banaue (Mt. Polis), Los Banos (Mt. Makiling) and Siburan Forest. It was not just a birding holiday, for we enjoyed some spectacular landscapes or a few days on the beach as well.

2015 [02 February] - Rob Hutchinson - Luzon, Mindanao & Palawan

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...innumerable highlights, beginning on Luzon where a vagrant Baer’s Pochard was a treat before we headed to Mount Polis with the rare Flame-breasted Fruit Dove among the montane endemics and Luzon Scops Owl kicking off our night-birding. Heading to the lowlands we crammed in a visit for the highly nomadic Green-faced Parrotfinch before adding Spotted Wood Kingfisher and Green Racquet-tail at Subic Bay.

2015 [03 March] - Stijn De Win & Pete Simpson - Luzon, Bohol, Cebu, Palawan, Mindanao and Negros

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...The Indigo-banded Kingfisher in the park did only show for the tour leader nah. Skittish individual. Good the birds at Makiling performed for both our groups, at the river in the botanical garden.

2015 [07 July] - Oscar Campbell

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...This is also a good place to get to grips with Philippine Magpie-Robin, Lowland White-eye and Golden-bellied Gerygone (latter two both very scarce away from metro Manila), Philippine Pygmy Woodpecker etc. amongst others.

2016 [03 March] - Pete Simpson - Subic Bay, Luzon

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This short custom tour took in Subic Bay on Luzon, an excellent introduction to Philippine birding, then a standard tour around Mindanao incorporating Eden Resort, PICOP and Mount Kitanglad. Highlights included an excellent haul of Luzon endemics at Subic Bay among which the difficult White-lored Oriole, White-fronted Tit and the very range-restricted Green Racquet-tail. Within Metro Manila we added treats like Ashy Thrush, Philippine Scops Owl and Philippine Nightjar before heading south-east to the Island of Mindanao.

2016 [03 March] - Rob Hutchinson - Luzon, Mindanao & Palawan

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The Philippines is one of the top destinations for any world-birder, with more than 250 endemics already recognised, a number which continues to grow as the complex island taxonomy is unravelled. Our standard scheduled tour packs well over half of these endemics into just three weeks, an exceptional tally which is difficult to match anywhere in the world.

2016 [04 April] - Charles Davies - Sibaliw Research Station, Panay

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Sibaliw Research Station is bang in the middle of the Northwest Panay Peninsula National Park, probably the largest lowland forest patch on Negros and Panay. It’s the place for Negros Bleeding-heart and some other difficult Western Visayan endemics.

2016 [05 May] - Forrest Rowland - Endemics & Visayan Islands

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...We started at a patch of mangroves near the airport where our first birds included our first Philippine Pied Fantails and the aurora subspecies of Olive-backed Sunbird. In the scrub we saw: our first Ashy-fronted Bulbuls, Collared Kingfisher, Rufous-tailed Tailorbird, and Pied Trillers...

2016 [05 May] - Rob Hutchinson - Palawan, Negros, Cebu, Bohol, Luzon

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The Philippines has an amazing selection of island endemics, and although we find at least 160 on our regular three week tours, the remaining 90 or so currently recognised endemics take much work to locate. After four previous visits this was a very targeted custom tour chasing some of the toughest ones....

2016 [06 June] - Ross & Melissa Gallardy - Palawan, Cebu, Negros, Bohol, and Mindanao

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...Most people suggest at least 4-4 ½ days for Palawan to see all the endemics (except Palawan Stripped Babbler), although most spend a few days extra as well. We had an extremely condensed itinerary that should have allowed us to get everything (all endemics plus the Honda Bay specialties), but Palawan Hornbill thought otherwise...

2016 [11 November] - Petri Hottola - La Mesa Ecopark, Manila

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...The spot has open, exposed mud along the stream and semi-open undergrowth. Unfortunately, at the time of my visit, somebody had also made a camp right next to it, with a fire, and was cutting firewood there. His chickens (many) had also occupied the habitat which has been favored by the thrushes, Slaty-legged Crakes and Red-bellied and Hooded Pittas...

2016 [12 December] - Pete Simpson - Mindanao

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...Among the targets found were Giant Scops Owl and Chocolate Boobook during night forays, while diurnal birding found Whiskered Flowerpecker, Lina’s and T’boli Sunbirds, Mindanao Miniature Babbler, Cryptic Flycatcher, plus some easier gaps filled like Steere’s Honey Buzzard and Philippine Swiftlet. These were of course just the highlights and there were many other highlights among the total of 89 endemics seen including both Short-crested and Celestial Monarch....

2017 [02 February] - Bruce Wedderburn - Luzon, Palawan, Cebu, Negros, Siquijor, Bohol & Mindanao

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...Even though it was getting warm in the late morning, this area produced some excellent birds including Grey-headed Fish Eagle, Coleto, Green Racket-tail (only bird seen on the trip and a key target for the Subic Bay area), Balicassiao, Philippine Fairy-bluebird, Rough-crested Malkoha, Whiskered Treeswift, Oriental Dollarbird and many Philippine Bulbul....

2017 [02 February] - Dani Lopez-Velasco

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...The once almost impossible Philippine Eagle-Owl showed brilliantly near Manila, odd looking Philippine and Palawan Frogmouths gave the best possible views, impressive Rufous and Writhed Hornbills (amongst 8 species of endemic hornbills) delighted us, and both Scale-feathered and Rough-crested (Red-c) Malkohas proved easy to see. A pair of Ashy Thrushes gave amazing views, and Celestial Monarch, getting very rare these days, was seen nicely as well....

2017 [02 February] - Rob Hutchinson - Luzon, Mindanao & Palawan

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...From here we headed up for two wet days on Mount Polis where, despite the weather, we had some excellent birding. The skulking Benguet, Luzon (Long-tailed) and Philippine Bush Warblers all performed and other important endemics like Chestnut-faced Babbler, Green-backed Whistler, Luzon Blueheaded Fantail, Luzon Metallic-winged Sunbird, Yellowish White-eye, Flame-crowned Flowerpecker, Mountain Shrike and Luzon Water Redstart all obliged...

2017 [03 March] - Charley Hesse

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... In the late afternoon we did some birding along the road which was very productive, and we saw 3 enormous Great Slaty Woodpeckers vocalizing in a tree, plus Blueheaded Racquet-tail, Blue-naped Parrot, Ashy Drongo, Common Hill Myna, Purple-throated Sunbird, plus the Palawan endemic Palawan Tit, Ashy-fronted & Gray-throated Bulbuls....

2017 [03 March] - Rob Gordijn & Helen Rijkes - Luzon & Palawan

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...Activity was very slow during the day and we found no birds here that we did not see elsewhere (Ashy-headed babbler, Palawan Flowerpecker and HO Palawan Hornbill). The owling session gave us a close-by calling Palawan Frogmouth, HO Spotted Wood-owl and a fly-by sighting of Palawan Scops-owl....

2017 [04 April] - Pete Simpson

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The Philippines is without a doubt one of the worlds endemic hotspots with 250 already recognised, a number which is rising all the time. Seeing them however has a reputation of being a tough order, and while it’s true that some sites do have tough trails, days in the field tend to be long, and the birds quite shy, the majority of them can be seeing with much less effort. An injury for one of the participants on this tour meant that we took a very easy birding route for this custom tour but the results were impressive with many of the most spectacular endemics still found even with minimal walking.

2017 [05 May] - Pete Simpson

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This was an epic clean-up tour for one of the world's top ten listers with a short but very specific list of targets, just 17 species in 14 days on Mindanao and a weekend in Sarawak, Borneo for a single endemic. On Mindanao the tour covered Mount Kitanglad in Bukidnon, Mount Matutum in South Cotabato, Mount Talomo in Davao City, Mount Hamiguitan in Davao Oriental, Mount Tagubud in Compostela Valley, PICOP in Agusan del Sur and Mount HibokHibok on Camiguin Island. The highlights from this leg are a mouthwatering collection of some of the Philippines rarest endemics; Mindanao Bleeding-heart, Camiguin Boobook, Dimorphic Dwarf Kingfisher, Camiguin Hanging Parrot, Mindanao Wattled Broadbill, White-eared Tailorbird, Mindanao Plumed-warbler, Cryptic Flycatcher, Camiguin Yellowish Bulbul, Whiskered Flowerpecker, T'boli Sunbird and Lina's Sunbird were all seen. In Sarawak, with just one main target, Dulit Frogmouth, we enjoyed fine, close views of this enigmatic nightbird.

2017 [06 June] - Rob Hutchinson

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The vast and ever-increasing number of Philippine endemics take quite some work to clean-up, requiring travel to several remote islands and often revisiting areas for some of the trickier species. This short visit was a combination of the two and was a great success as we saw all five targets, a good harvest considering this was Hans’ eighth visit to the Philippines!

2017 [06 June] - Ross & Melissa Gallardy

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The main areas visited were Panay, Tablas, and the immediate vicinity around Manila. Since this trip was very target focused, we only managed to find 134 species, but that included a number of difficult island endemics that are typically not seen on most trips to the Philippines. Most of the trip was done by public transportation, but we did rent a vehicle for 2 days around the Manila area. Overall cost for two people was $1,163 including two internal flights, one ferry, and a rental car for 3 days. This report covers our trip to Panay and Tablas. I am not including any details on Luzon since there is ample information available on birding Luzon.

2018 [03 March] - Mike Nelson

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The Philippines is spread over 7,000 islands and with high levels of endemism, 250 endemics and rising, along with a swath of northern wintering migrants this makes for a very desirable tour. With fine weather this year, we started on Luzon, driving north via Candaba Marshes picking up Philippine Swamphen and Philippine Duck. On to Mount Polis next with our first foray into the huge array of endemics with Luzon Metallic-winged Sunbird, Luzon Blue-headed Fantail, Chestnut-faced Babbler, Luzon Bush Warbler, Benguet Bush Warbler and Luzon Long-tailed Bush Warbler and Philippine Scops Owl.

2018 [03 March] - Pete Simpson

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The Philippines archipelago is vast with over 7000 islands and among them many need to be visited to get anywhere close to seeing all the recognised endemics, a number which itself is ever increasing due to taxonomic progress. This return tour pulled in several new islands for all participants, plus some new sites that have recently been discovered, and a couple of surprise wintering megas.

2018 [04 April] - Mike Nelson

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The Philippines are well known for its long and ever-increasing list of endemics, with some of the less visited islands are now home to many of the newly split species. Our Remote Philippines trip was geared to see as many of these as possible. Visiting seven islands meant a lot of travel but the list of species made it very worthwhile. We started out on Luzon for a days birding at a local hotspot we recently discovered, for Whiskered Pitta, Creambellied and Flame-breasted Fruit Doves.

2018 [04 April] - Rob Hutchinson

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The trip was very much focused on the few target birds but we nevertheless bumped into a fair number of other Philippine endemics, finishing with an endemic tally of 91 out of a total of 149 species (meaning a remarkable 60% of the birds we recorded were endemic!), with 10 of those heard only.

2018 [06 June] - Catherine McFadden

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Plans to attend an international conference being held in Cebu City in June 2018 offered me the opportunity to do some birding in the Visayas, the central group of islands in the Philippines.

2018 [12 December] - Pete Simpson

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...Pre-dawn owling started inside the resort, though with no sound from the resident Giant Scops Owl and only a brief call from a disinterested Everett's Scops Owl. There were more target birds in the Eden area but such was our confidence in their reliability we would spend much of this day on a trip to Mount Apo proper at 1400m. Arriving in the morning we stepped out of the car straight in to a mixed flock; Elegant Tit, Mountain White-eye, Sulphur-billed Nuthatch and Philippine Mountain Warbler made up the bulk, but they were joined by winter visitors Arctic Warbler and Mugimaki Flycatcher. Mindanao White-eye were seen briefly, a Grey-hooded Sunbird was busy on a flowering tree and a noisy group of Cinnamon Ibon gave great views.

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Sangat Island Reserve

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Sangat Island Reserve is a wonderful spot close to nature where the rooms blend in with the surrounding flora and fauna and it is just a step away from a myriad of diving opportunities like no other. Get back to nature, forget the material world most of us live in and escape the pressures you left behind.

Blogs

Anthony Sayson - Go Out and Bird

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(Boredom kills) Go Out and Bird. I'm Anthony Sayson and I hate doing nothing (unless I'm asleep). So, during my idle moments I GO OUT AND BIRD. BIRDING is far more than what you think…

Bob Kaufman - Two Birders To Go

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Birder, photographer and occasional cynic.

Charles Pandi - Birds of Pandi, Makati

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Last update December 2012 - I am a young amateur birder who lives in Makati City, Philippines, hence the name of my blog. I created this blog to raise awareness in the environment and for me to share to you my birding adventures and my knowledge. This blog is about me, my moments and my life…

Maiabird's Brain

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Birder from the Philippines writes about her adventures and misadventures in the field…

Mark Jason Villa Goes Birding

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Last updated December 2011 - Mark Jason Villa is a member of the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines where he is part of the records committee. Mark has done volunteer/research work on Humpback Whales (WWF), Montagu's Harrier (AMUS), Calayan Rail (ISLA), and Birds and butterflies in Terranganu, Malaysia and is looking to do more. He currently does some bird guiding…

The Wandering Pixel

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Last updated October 2013 - The outdoors, It is where I find peace and solitude. I call it my playground. As a kid who grew up in a logging town, I was exposed at a very early age to the wonders of nature. I've seen ginormous trees, butterflies, lizards, big and small mammals, mountains, different shapes and sizes of insects, the sea, waterfalls, snakes, rivers, birds and what-have-you even before I learned about them in the four corners of a classroom…/

Tonji & Sylkvia's Wildlife Refuge

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Two birders creating a wilderness! Hi, I'm Sylvia and my husband is Tonji. We are converting a farm into a bird and wildlife sanctuary. So far, it looks like its working and the birds like what we're doing!

Other Links

Birds of the Philippines

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This is our online life list, in photographs and videos of wild birds found in the Philippines. There are 695 species of birds recorded in the Philippines, and of these 241 are endemic, or found only in the Philippines.

The Philippine [Monkey-Eating] Eagle

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The day I finally saw a Philippine Eagle - coming to a nest on Mt. Katanglad on Mindanao - was among the happiest and saddest days of my life. Happy, because I had finally experienced such a magnificent bird in the wild, but sad, because one could hear chainsaws cutting at the edge of its forested home from dawn to dusk every day we were there.

Photographers & Artists

Artist - David Tomb

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See his wonderful hornbill paintings!

Photographer - Romy Ocon

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Some absolutely brilliant photos of Philippine birds…