THE PHILIPPINES   -   FEB-MAR 2011

Philippine Duck - Anas luzonica
Philippine Duck
Anas luzonica
Candaba Marsh, Pampanga province, Luzon, the Philippines.
Endemic to the Philippines. (S6)


Philippine Duck - Anas luzonica
Philippine Duck
Anas luzonica
Bislig, Surigao del Sur province, Mindanao, the Philippines.
(S6)

Palawan Peacock-Pheasant - Polyplectron napoleonis
Palawan Peacock-Pheasant
Polyplectron napoleonis
Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, Palawan, the Philippines.
Male. Endemic to the island of Palawan and the only pheasant in the Philippines. This bird is habituated and comes in to the ranger station every morning. (S6f)

Philippine Serpent-Eagle - Spilornis holospilus
Philippine Serpent-Eagle
Spilornis holospilus
Mt. Kitanglad, Bukidnon province, Mindanao, the Philippines.
Very similar to Crested Serpent-Eagle S. cheela, which it was split from. It differs mainly in the lack of white in the crest, more gray on the throat, and larger spots on the belly. (S6)

White-browed Crake - Porzana cinerea
White-browed Crake
Porzana cinerea
University of the Philippines, Los Baņos, Laguna province, Luzon, the Philippines.
White this species occurs in numerous places in Asia and Australasia, it seems especially common and easy to see in the Philippines. (S6)

Malaysian Plover - Charadrius peronii
Malaysian Plover
Charadrius peronii
Sabang, Palawan, the Philippines.
This species occurs locally in SE Asia, Indonesia, and the Philippines. (S6)

White-eared Dove - Phapitreron leucotis
White-eared Dove
Phapitreron leucotis leucotis
Mt. Makiling, Laguna province, Luzon, the Philippines.
Often called White-eared Brown Dove. There are three brown doves (Phapitreron) and the genus is endemic to the Philippines. This species is the most common and widespread. (S6)

Black-chinned Fruit-Dove - Ptilinopus leclancheri
Black-chinned Fruit-Dove
Ptilinopus leclancheri gironieri
Puerto Princesa-Narra highway, Palawan, Philippines.
Nearly endemic to the Philippines, but also occurs on Lan-yü Island off of Taiwan. (S6)

Australasian Grass-Owl - Tyto longimembris
Australasian Grass-Owl
Tyto longimembris amauronota
Bislig, Surigao del Sur province, Mindanao, the Philippines.
It started hunting over the marsh about half an hour before sunset - a great way to see an owl! (S6)

Philippine Frogmouth - Batrachostomus septimus
Philippine Frogmouth
Batrachostomus septimus septimus
Mt. Kitanglad, Bukidnon province, Mindanao, the Philippines.
One of my trip favorites. Asian frogmouths are really beautiful birds. I've heard that the Asian frogmouths may be separated from the Australasian frogmouths into a new family, the Batrachostomidae. (S6f)

Indigo-banded Kingfisher - Ceyx cyanopectus
Indigo-banded Kingfisher
Ceyx cyanopectus cyanopectus
University of the Philippines, Los Baņos, Laguna province, Luzon, the Philippines.
The Philippines have some stunning endemic kingfishers, this being one of them, found in the northern and central islands of the archipelago. (S6)

Southern Silvery-Kingfisher - Ceyx argentatus
Southern Silvery-Kingfisher
Ceyx argentatus
PICOP, Surigao del Sur province, Mindanao, the Philippines.
This little gem is one of the most beautiful birds in all of the Philippines. It seemed to glow next to the muddy little pool that it made its home. I digiscoped it hendheld with only mediocre results. This trip to the Philippines convinced me that I have to do whatever it takes to get a new digiscoping setup to replace the old Samsung that I used to use. Hand-holding just doesn't cut it! (D6)

Southern Silvery-Kingfisher - Ceyx argentatus
Southern Silvery-Kingfisher
Ceyx argentatus
PICOP, Surigao del Sur province, Mindanao, the Philippines.
Same bird seen from the rear. (D6)

Rufous-lored Kingfisher - Todiramphus winchelli
Rufous-lored Kingfisher
Todiramphus winchelli mindanensis
PICOP, Surigao del Sur province, Mindanao, the Philippines.
A very distant shot of another endemic kingfisher. (S6)

Blue-throated Bee-eater - Merops viridis
Blue-throated Bee-eater
Merops viridis americanus
Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Luzon, the Philippines.
(S6)

Palawan Hornbill - Anthracoceros marchei
Palawan Hornbill
Anthracoceros marchei
Puerto Princesa-Sabang highway, Palawan, the Philippines.
Also found on a few other small islands in the SW Philippines. (S6)

Rufous Hornbill - Buceros hydrocorax
Rufous Hornbill
Buceros hydrocorax mindanensis
PICOP, Surigao del Sur province, Mindanao, the Philippines.
In flight it is hard to appreciate the colors of this bird. In many areas it has been wiped out due to habitat loss and hunting. Amazingly in PICOP, which is under severe pressure, they are still relatively common, though sadly that is not likely to last. (S6)


Rufous Hornbill - Buceros hydrocorax
Rufous Hornbill
Buceros hydrocorax mindanensis
PICOP, Surigao del Sur province, Mindanao, the Philippines.
This is a juvenile, very pale brown overall. It was nice to see they are still breeding in the heavily logged PICOP area. (S6)

Luzon Hornbill - Penelopides manillae Luzon Hornbill - Penelopides manillae
Luzon Hornbill
Penelopides manillae
Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Luzon, the Philippines.
Male. This species, as well as the other four Penelopides in the Philippines, used to be lumped as Tarictic Hornbill P. panini. The species differ mainly in the color of the underparts of the males and tail pattern. This species also occurs on a few small islands near Luzon. (S6)
Luzon Hornbill
Penelopides manillae
Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Luzon, the Philippines.
Female. (S6)

Mindanao Hornbill - Penelopides affinis
Mindanao Hornbill
Penelopides affinis affinis
Mt. Kitanglad, Bukidnon province, Mindanao, the Philippines.
Female. Another of the Tarictic Hornbill P. panini splits. It also occurs on nearby islands. (S6)

Spot-throated Flameback - Dinopium everetti
Spot-throated Flameback
Dinopium everetti
Iwahig Penal Colony, Palawan, the Philippines.
Male above, female below. Recently split from Common Flameback D. javanense (it has much less prominent head stripes), so this species is now endemic to Palawan and a few nearby islands. (S6)

Luzon Flameback - Chrysocolaptes haematribon
Luzon Flameback
Chrysocolaptes haematribon
Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Luzon, the Philippines.
Male. Recently split from Greater Flameback. It is endemic to Luzon and several nearby small islands. (S6)

Azure-breasted Pitta - Pitta steerii
Azure-breasted Pitta
Pitta steerii steerii
PICOP, Surigao del Sur province, Mindanao, the Philippines.
Also called Steere's Pitta, and one of the star birds of the Philippines. It's endemic, and not even that hard to see compared to some other pittas, singing from elevated perches at dawn. (S6f)

White-breasted Woodswallow - Artamus leucorynchus
White-breasted Woodswallow
Artamus leucorynchus leucorynchus
Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Luzon, the Philippines.
Male. (S6)

Bar-bellied Cuckoo-shrike - Coracina striata
Bar-bellied Cuckoo-shrike
Coracina striata striata
Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Luzon, the Philippines.
Male. Widespread in SE Asia, but it seems especially easy to see in the Philippines. (S6)

Long-tailed Shrike - Lanius schach
Long-tailed Shrike
Lanius schach nasutus
University of the Philippines, Los Baņos, Laguna province, Luzon, the Philippines.
A common resident in open habitats. This subspecies, with a pale gray back, is endemic to the Philippines. (S6)

Gray-capped Shrike - Lanius validirostris
Gray-capped Shrike
Lanius validirostris validirostris
Mt. Polis, Ifugao province, Luzon, the Philippines.
Often called Mountain Shrike. It's endemic to the mountains of the larger Philippine islands. (S6)

Black-and-cinnamon Fantail - Rhipidura nigrocinnamomea
Black-and-cinnamon Fantail
Rhipidura nigrocinnamomea hutchinsoni
Mt. Kitanglad, Bukidnon province, Mindanao, the Philippines.
This beauty is endemic to the island of Mindanao, where it mainly follows mixed species flocks in montane forest. (S6)

Yellow-wattled Bulbul - Pycnonotus urostictus
Yellow-wattled Bulbul
Pycnonotus urostictus philippensis
PICOP, Surigao del Sur province, Mindanao, the Philippines.
This Philippine endemic is named after its big bare yellow eyering. (S6)

Philippine Bulbul - Ixos philippinus
Philippine Bulbul
Ixos philippinus philippinus
Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Luzon, the Philippines.
One of the most common birds in wooded areas of the Philippines. It can tolerate a lot habitat modification, but still needs a few trees to persist. (S6)

Mountain Warbler - Phylloscopus trivirgatus
Mountain Warbler
Phylloscopus trivirgatus benguetensis
Mt. Polis, Ifugao province, Luzon, the Philippines.
Usually called Mountain Leaf-Warbler. The Philippine races are quite different and may deserve to be split. (S6)

Little Pied Flycatcher - Ficedula westermanni
Little Pied Flycatcher
Ficedula westermanni rabori
Mt. Polis, Ifugao province, Luzon, the Philippines.
Male. A widespread species occuring from the Himalayas all the way east to the Philippines. (S6)

Island Flycatcher - Eumyias panayensis
Island Flycatcher
Eumyias panayensis nigrimentalis
Mt. Polis, Ifugao province, Luzon, the Philippines.
Found on the Philippines as well as various other islands to the west and southwest. The amount of black on the face varies racially. This subspecies, endemic to the northern Philippines, has quite an obvious black mask. (S6)

Palawan Blue-Flycatcher - Cyornis lemprieri
Palawan Blue-Flycatcher
Cyornis lemprieri
Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, Palawan, the Philippines.
Male. Also found on the nearby Philippine islands of Balabac and Calamian. (S6f)

White-vented Shama - Copsychus niger
White-vented Shama
Copsychus niger
Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, Palawan, the Philippines.
Endemic to the Philippines, where it occurs on Palawan and other nearby islands. (S6f)

Luzon Redstart - Rhyacornis bicolor
Luzon Redstart
Rhyacornis bicolor
Mt. Polis, Ifugao province, Luzon, the Philippines.
A bad digiscoped shot in bright sunlight. This bird is endemic to the mountains of Luzon, where it only occurs along fast-moving streams and rivers. (D6)

Chestnut-faced Babbler - Stachyris whiteheadi
Chestnut-faced Babbler
Stachyris whiteheadi whiteheadi
Mt. Polis, Ifugao province, Luzon, the Philippines.
A very distinctive species endemic to the mountains of Luzon. It's locally very common, with large groups moving alone or with other species in mixed flocks. (S6)

Mountain White-eye - Zosterops montanus
Mountain White-eye
Zosterops montanus vulcani
Mt. Kitanglad, Bukidnon province, Mindanao, the Philippines.
One of several subspecies endemic to the Philippines. A taxonomic revision seems possible due to plumage variations within the species. (S6)

Apo Myna - Basilornis mirandus
Apo Myna
Basilornis mirandus
Mt. Kitanglad, Bukidnon province, Mindanao, the Philippines.
Endemic to Mindanao; I thought it was one of coolest birds in the Philippines. This poor digiscoped photos hardly does it justice. They travel in large, noisy flocks and like to perch in the open on dead snags. (D6)

Coleto - Sarcops calvus
Coleto
Sarcops calvus calvus
Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Luzon, the Philippines.
Another very neat endemic starling. The pink patch on the head is bare skin. (S6)

Stripe-sided Rhabdornis - Rhabdornis mysticalis
Stripe-sided Rhabdornis
Rhabdornis mysticalis mysticalis
Mt. Makiling, Laguna province, Luzon, the Philippines.
The Rhabdornises, sometimes called the Philippine Creepers, are currently considered to be an endemic family of the Philippines. There are only three species, and this one is the most common and widespread. Recent genetic analysis suggests that they might actually be starlings (Sturnidae) - a summary and reference can be found on Wikipedia. (S6)

Yellow-throated Leafbird - Chloropsis palawanensis
Yellow-throated Leafbird
Chloropsis palawanensis
Puerto Princesa-Sabang highway, Palawan, the Philippines.
One of only two species of leafbirds on the Philippines. This one occurs only on Palawan and nearby islands. (S6)

Palawan Flowerpecker - Prionochilus plateni
Palawan Flowerpecker
Prionochilus plateni plateni
Puerto Princesa-Sabang highway, Palawan, the Philippines.
Male. Like other Palawan "specialties", it also occurs on several nearby islands. (S6)


Palawan Flowerpecker - Prionochilus plateni
Palawan Flowerpecker
Prionochilus plateni plateni
Puerto Princesa-Sabang highway, Palawan, the Philippines.
Female. (S6)

Flame-crowned Flowerpecker - Dicaeum anthonyi
Flame-crowned Flowerpecker
Dicaeum anthonyi anthonyi
Mt. Polis, Ifugao province, Luzon, the Philippines.
Male. Endemic to the Philippines, where it is found only the two largest islands, Luzon and Mindanao. This subspecies, endemic to mountains of North Luzon, is characterized by mostly yellow underparts. (S6)

Metallic-winged Sunbird - Aethopyga pulcherrima
Metallic-winged Sunbird
Aethopyga pulcherrima jefferyi
Mt. Polis, Ifugao province, Luzon, the Philippines.
Male. Endemic to the Philippines. (S6)

Lovely Sunbird - Aethopyga shelleyi
Lovely Sunbird
Aethopyga shelleyi
Puerto Princesa-Sabang highway, Palawan, the Philippines.
Male. A rather distant shot but give you an idea of how spectacular he is. This well-named bird is found only on Palawan and a few small islands in the southern Philippines. It was split from Handsome Sunbird A. bella. (S6)















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