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Philippines: Luzon & Palawan, 25.02.-11.03.2013

  • This is a report about a quick trip to visit my girlfriend working in Manila, see some endemics around Manila and then spend some holidays together on Palawan with some birding and scuba diving....David Marques reports.

Three visits to the Philippines 2009-2011

  • A detailed summary of three trips by Geoff Dobbs.

Palawan Bird Trip November 2011

  • This was a trip designed to see all the 27 of the 28 Palawan endemics (or 19 of the 20, or 14 of the 15 depending on your view of sub-species) plus Philippine Cockatoo....Graeme Wright reports.

Several remote Philippine birding sites: March and April 2010 a report in .pdf format by George Wagner.

Philippines 1 February-1 March 2008

  • We decided to follow a more or less “standard” itinerary for our first visit to the Philippines and to take our time at the different sites. So we visited Mount Makiling, Mount Polis and Candaba Swamp on Luzon, Mount Kitanglad and PICOP on Mindanao and the island of Palawan. Beside these sites we opted to visit Hamut Camp on Luzon, which turned out to be quite an adventurous trip...Henk Hendricks reports

Philippines 2004-2006

  • This is a series of five trip reports covering trips made in late 2004 – early 2006 to various parts of The Philippines. We had previously visited Cebu and Mindanao in 2000, so this was an effort to pick up birds we had not seen on the previous trip as well as in other places...Gary and Marlene Babic report.

Philippines June 2005

  • This report consists of several birding excursions made while visiting my wife's family in Cebu during June and July, 2005. All birding was done at a relaxed pace without using recorded calls...Dan Jones reports.

Philippines – Expedition Birding 9 Jan – 15 Feb 2005

  • A single month is not nearly enough time to do this complex country justice....therefore, I decided to concentrate my efforts on a just a few islands and skip others entirely, rather than attempt to cover too many sites in too little time. My priority was to visit mostly some of the more difficult sites and to check out areas that have so far been neglected on birdwatching itineraries....Frank E. Rheindt reports

The Philippines, July - August 2004

  • The Philippines has always been high on the list of priority countries to visit for the aspiring world lister, due to its highly specialised, highly endangered avifauna.  Depending on which taxonomy you follow, almost 200 species are endemic to this diverse archipelago, including some remarkably spectacular birds...Simon Allen reports.

The Philippines December 24th 2002 – January 21st 2003

  • The Philippines are one of the most endemic-rich places on earth. There live also a lot of near-endemic species what makes it a fantastic birdwatching destination. But the avifauna and nature in general on the Philippines are also one of the most threatened on earth. Deforestation and the increasing demand for agriculture land by the growing population on this archipelago make that the wildlife on the islands is very vulnerable....Peter Collaerts reports

Birding trip to the Philippines 27 Jan - 11 Mar 2002

  • We recorded 331 species of which 151 were endemic. Overall we had an excellent trip. We only regret that our time at Canaway and Apaya was limited. These places surely deserve more attention. We hope this report will encourage other birders to visit Canaway and Apaya and explore it more thoroughly. Hopefully Negros Fruit-Dove and Isabela Oriole can still be found there...Sander Lagerveld reports. (Big report with lots of pictures) (Part1, Part2, Part3, List)

The Philippines 15 March - 12April, 2002

  • This was the hardest trip my wife (Dollyann Myers) and I have ever done, both physically and mentally. We knew from previous trip reports it would be difficult, but a combination of recent minor knee surgery for my wife, hot and dry weather, an early breeding season, and the worst environmental devastation we've ever seen all contributed to a grueling trip...Ron Hoff reports.

The Philippines 10 January through 11 February, 2002

  • This was our third trip in the last two years in an urgent quest to experience and study the most critically endangered birds and habitat in the world before they disappear. Almost 600 species of birds have been recorded in the the Philippines archipelago, 7100 volcanic islands each with a unique evolution of diverse species isolated not only island from island but altitudinally as well as throughout the mountain ranges found on almost all islands...Garry George reports.

Urban Birding in the Philippines Feb 2002

  • A recent trip to the Philippines, between February 1 - 7, 2002 only allowed for some quick urban birding...a short report from Manila by Todd R. Pepper.

Philippines Jan-March 2001

  • We spent the period between 17th January and 10th March birding in the Philippines, visiting sites on Luzon, Palawan, Cebu, Bohol and Mindanao. The Philippines is hard work. Good habitat is increasingly hard to find, even within the protected area network, and birds are heavily hunted and therefore at low densities and very shy. It is well worth the effort though as the rate of endemism is very high and the birds are fantastic. If you are thinking of ever going to the Philippines then do it now, birding here will only get harder and inevitably some species will be lost during our life-times.....Phil and Charlotte Benstead report.

The Philippines (Mindanao, Cebu, Bohol and Luzon) 2 March - 26 March 2000

  • The Philippine archipelago consists of just over 1100 islands, though the major portion of the land area is taken up by just nine main islands. A total bird list of 556 species has been recorded in The Philippines and an impressive total of 185 of these are endemic, including one endemic family, the Rhabdornises, of which there are 3 species....Aidan G. Kelly reports

Philippines March 2000

  • From February 10th till March 4th 2000 Marc Guijt, Leo Heemskerk and me, Jan van der Laan, made a birding trip to the Philippines. Our main goal was to see the Philippine Monkey-eating Eagle and next to see as many Philippine endemic species before it was too late.

The Phillipines April '96

  • The following is a report on a short trip to selected sites in the Philippines from 30 March to 14 April 1996.  The trip was very successful although hard work due to low bird densities. I saw c165 species in total of which c70 were new for me, the best birds were Red-bellied & Steere's Pittas, Wattled Broadbill, Philippine Frogmouth & Eagle, Spotted Wood & Hombron's Kingfishers, Rufous Hornbill, Philippine Bullfinch and Stripe-headed Rhabdornis...Richard Fairbanks report

The Phillipines April '96








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Some Useful bird books for the Philippines:
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A Guide to the Birds of the Philippines 
Robert Kennedy: Buy from or   

  • A Guide to the Birds of the Philippines" is the first and only guide that covers all 572 species of birds known to occur within the 7,100 islands that make up the Philippines. The Philippine avifauna includes some 170 endemics - species that are not found anywhere else in the world - and is thus of interest to avid birders around the world.

A Photographic Guide to Birds of the Philippines
Tim Fisher, Nigel Hicks (Photographer): Buy from

  • This text is a compact, easy-to-use bird identification guide, suitable for any birdwatcher visiting the Philippines. The book features descriptions of 216 species, thumbnail silhouettes for ease of use, up-to-date tips and information on bird biology and behaviour

Where to watch birds in Asia
Wheatley, Nigel: Buy from or

  • This guide to birdwatching in Asia deals with over 250 sites in detail, and more in passing, from Turkey to Thailand and India to Indonesia. It is designed as much for pre-planning birding trips as for use in the country or countries on the itinerary. The countries are dealt with alphabetically and after a general introduction, there are site details, which include a list of birds to be seen, organized under the headings "Endemics", "Specialities" and "Others"; a list of "Other Wildlife" is also included where there is something of particular interest.

A Photographic Guide to the Birds of Southeast Asia : Including the Philippines & Borneo
Morten Strange: Buy from or

  • Field Guide to the Birds of Mainland Southeast Asia covers the rare and exotic birds of the region including Malaysia, Thailand, Indochina, Borneo, South China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.  

Recommended travel books for the Philippines:

Lonely Planet Philippines
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  • This guide includes information on accommodation and places to eat for every budget. It covers what to do and see in the region and offers tips on getting the best out of your visit and how to get-off-the-beaten-track.

Insight Guide: Philippines
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  • This revised and updated travel guide includes a practical "Travel Tips" section, with details on places to stay, eat out and have fun while in the Philippines. It features new photographs and essays. The UK is amongst the top six tourist-generating markets for the Philippines, and accounted for more than 24,000 visitors during the first three months of 1997.


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Philippine Wildlife
A bird gallery which showcases 75 bird species occuring in the Philippines and the list is growing. See also the:

Philippine Cockatoo Conservation Program
Until c. 1980 the Philippine cockatoo was a common species found throughout the Philippine archipelago. Since then a 60-90% decline in the population has occurred as a result of human activities. In 1994, approximately 1000-4000 birds are estimated to survive in the wild , with c. 70-75% of these in the Province of Palawan, now the major stronghold of the species.

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