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PHILIPPINES APRIL 1996,
The following is a report on a short trip to selected
sites in the Philippines from 30 March to 14 April 1996 made by Nick Preston,
Barry Stidolph, John & David Cooper and myself. We had no hassles at all
and found the Philippines a very friendly, inexpensive, country. 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. Including airfares etc. the trip cost about UK£850.
30 March: Left London Heathrow at 11.00
hrs on Singapore Airlines direct flight to Singapore.
31 March: Arrived Singapore 07.45 hrs
leaving 09.35 hrs and arriving in Manila at 12.50 hrs. Visited American Cemetery
by taxi after dumping bags at the Townhouse (a cheap hostel off Roxas Boulevard).
Sheer number of graves was awesome. 22 species seen including Peregrine, wintering
Violet-backed and White-cheeked Starlings, the endemic Philippine Pigmy Woodpecker
and two Barred Rails.
1 April: 05.00 hrs flight to Cagayan
de Oro (Mindanao) arriving 06.30 hrs. Chartered minibus to take the five of
us the c100 km's to Dalwanyan. After some delay Mrs Maghanoy arranged for five
motorbikes to take us part way up to the rest house on Mount Katanglad. Walked
the last 3 km's, all uphill and quite steep in places. Arrived at rest house
mid afternoon. Very pleased to dump bags (which contained food for next five
days) and look around immediate vicinity. 21 species seen, nearly half being
2 April: Slow walk up to Philippine Eagle
lookout where three hours of observation produced distant views of two individuals,
one visiting the nest site which is overlooked (although hidden from view and
at least 1 km range). The eagle looks big but at that range I'm distinctly unimpressed.
Even less impressed to miss Stripe-breasted Rhabdornis. Rest of day spent walking
up to higher viewpoint and back. A good day with nearly 40 species seen including
a superb Philippine Falconet, 3 Cinnamon Ibons and a flock of 35 Chinese Goshawks
presumably migrating north.
3 April: Taken across the valley by local
guide Carlito to look for Hombron's Kingfisher although soon only Barry and
I remained with him, Nick being ill. Amazingly Carlito's whistling (which had
begun to get on my nerves) paid off when Barry located one flying in to check
us out. A pair then called in response and we got excellent views through the
'scope. Brilliant. Rest of day on what is best described as a route march along
little used forest trails culminating in climbing down a sheer slope into the
valley and back up the other side coming out at the higher lookout. Frustratingly
heard Philippine Bullfinch but did not see it. 4 Apo Mynas from the lookout
late afternoon and a superb Philippine Frogmouth in the forest opposite the
rest house early evening. This amazing bird has wispy feathers above its eyes
and bill. Another good day with 45 species seen including 2 Yellow-breasted
Fruit Doves and a Mindanao Hornbill.
4 April: Nick still ill, Barry and I
decided to go further up the mountain to concentrate on the Bullfinch and Mountain
Shrike. I got distracted by a calling Bush Hen which I did not see despite rushing
into the tall grass it was calling from (not strictly in my Fieldcraft manual)
and when I met up with Barry at upper lookout discovered he'd seen 3 Bullfinches!
Not best pleased I dipped on another before having excellent views of a pair
above the highest lookout and saw two more later in the day. We continued walking
up the mountain for another hour before finding a Mountain Shrike in an overgrown
clearing, the walked slowly back. 40 species recorded including 4 Mountain Racket-tails
flying over the higher lookout, 2 Stripe-breasted Rhabdornis, 2 McGregor's Cuckoo-Shrike
and an Apo Sunbird. David saw Hombron's Kingfisher but John and Nick dipped.
5 April: Last day at Katanglad so went
back to the eagle lookout. Saw one bird twice, both times much closer than before.
First it glided down the valley in font of us and later circled up over us.
My earlier disappointment with the species immediately evaporated. Then spent
rather frustrating time trying to see Katanglad Parrotfinch and only succeeded
in getting very poor flight views. Walked down towards Dalwanyan in early afternoon
and got lift back to Cagayan in Department of Tourism jeepney arriving after
dark. 40 species seen, mostly repeats, but did include male Pied Harrier and
c75 Eye-browed Thrushes on lower slopes and a Philippine Serpent Eagle and Nick
and John saw Hombron's Kingfisher allowing us all to rave about it.
6 April: At airport for 07.20 flight
to Cebu (and later Bohol) but it was cancelled due to low cloud (couldn't land)
and the next flight was not until 8th. Luckily the Cagayan Princess sailed that
afternoon direct to Bohol taking 7 hours and arriving just after dark at Jagna
where we were forced to say the night. 18 Red-necked Phalaropes at sea but only
one other species identified (Tree Sparrow).
7 April: Got first (04.30 hrs) bus towards
Tagbilaran, changing at Loay and getting the 06.30 bus to Bilar (which was delayed
for 30 mins while a puncture was mended). At Bilar got 2 motor-cycle rickshaws
to take us the 4 km's to Logarita Forest Station arriving before 09.00 hrs.
Dumped our bags in pleasant guest house and headed for the Valley Trail tense
at the possibility of seeing a new Pitta. Started well with a Ruddy Kingfisher
on the way and within less than half an hour on the trail heard a Steere's Pitta
calling. It immediately responded to tape playback and flew in to give stunning
views. By mid-day we'd seen two more and walking the trail a second time produced
a 4th! Rather frustratingly heard Philippine Scops Owl, Hawk Owl and Frogmouth
in the clearing by the guest house at night, but despite going out after each
one failed to see anything apart from a rather nice flying lemur. 20 species
seen including Philippine Trogon and first Coletos.
8 April:. On Valley Trail soon after dawn,
walking it twice during the day (but no more pittas and frustratingly only heard
Winchell's Kingfisher), once continuing to come out on Swimming Pool Trail.
Visited the Scout Camp Clearing in late afternoon where Nick wandered off just
before dusk and came running back shortly after having found a Wattled Broadbill.
We rushed to the site but it had move on although David refound it further down
the track as the light was going. Luckily I had my spotlight and we got excellent
views of 2 pairs as they were preparing to roost. 27 species seen including
2 Philippine Trogons, 3 Samar Hornbills, 4 Black-faced Coucals, Black-chinned
Fruit Dove and Samar Tailorbird.
9 April: Early morning in Scout Camp Clearing
(but no sign of the Broadbills) and then walked the Valley Trail where an absolutely
amazing Red-bellied Pitta was found by Barry, Nick and me. We watched it for
about an hour before being able to drag ourselves away to find John and David,
returning almost immediately to watch it again. 25 species seen including Blue-crowned
Racket-tail (over the Scout Camp Clearing), Philippine Trogon, Ruddy Kingfisher
and 2 Samar Hornbills.
10 April: Up in early hours after calling
Philippine Hawk Owl which gave good views in spotlight. Gave the Valley Trail
a break starting with Swimming Pool Trail where I saw a female Broadbill. Then
walked out in nearby paddies and were amazed when two white birds flying round
the forest edge turned out to be Philippine Cockatoos and not egrets (we nearly
didn't bother looking at them)! They then appeared to be prospecting nest hole
sites. Visits to Scout Camp Clearing and Valley Trail were unproductive although
John & David had seen Winchell's Kingfisher in flight on the latter. 27
species seen including 9 Pacific Golden Plovers and a Black-faced Coucal.
11 April: On the Valley Trail at dawn
for last time. We watched the Red-bellied Pitta for another hour and I saw another
Steere's Pitta but we again failed to get an acceptable view of Winchell's Kingfisher
and I only saw 5 other species. Left Logarita soon after 09.00 hrs by jeep (with
bags tied on roof) for Bilar where after a short wait we got a bus to Tagbilaran
and then motor-cycle rickshaws to airport. Flew to Manila at 14.50 hrs arriving
at 16.45. Chartered taxi to take us to Lucena, 3-4 hours south of Manila and
the closest town to Quezon National Park (although still c20 km's short of it).
Stayed at Fresh Air Hotel in north of town.
12 April: Early jeepney into the centre
of Lucena where we quickly chartered another jeepney to take us to Quezon National
Park. Road there very poor and didn't arrive until 07.30 hrs. Walked the Summit
Trail hearing a distant Red-bellied Pitta and two frustratingly close White-browed
Shamas but saw little. Walked down the road to the park entrance at Malicboy
(where the 'resident' Indigo-banded Kingfisher was a delight) then got another
jeepney back to the Summit Trail again. Frustratingly heard the 2 White-browed
Shamas on the Summit Trail again but still could not see them despite much effort.
Walked back down to the entrance seeing family party of 3 Rufous Hornbills from
viewpoint in the rain. Bus back to Lucena and motor-cycle rickshaws to Fresh
Air Hotel. Arranged an early jeepney to get us to Summit Trail for first light
next morning. 27 species seen including 2 Stripe-headed Rhabdornis, 4 Luzon
Hornbills and single Philippine Hawk Eagle, Guaiabero, Rough-crested Malkoha
and Sooty Woodpecker.
13 April: Arranged jeepney took us to
Quezon at 04.00 hrs, arriving at the start of the Summit Trail just as it was
getting light. Walked part of the Summit Trail, seeing 2 Spotted Wood Kingfishers
and Rufous Coucal near the start (but only hearing the 2 Shamas again). Walked
down the road to the viewpoint (Rufous Hornbills still in area but much better
views today) and back, a bit more of the Summit Trail and then back to the entrance
at Malicboy where after another look at Indigo-banded Kingfisher our jeepney
then took us to Pagbiliao Fish Ponds for a couple of hours mid afternoon. Good
selection of waders in nice plumage. Returned to Lucena for bags and then got
18.00 hrs bus to Manila arriving about 22.00 hrs. Taxi to Townhouse. 25 species
seen at Quezon including Green Racket-tail, 20+ Chinese Goshawks and 3 excellent
Stripe-headed Rhabdornis. 40 species at Pagbiliao including Yellow Bittern,
Banded Rail and White-bellied Sea Eagle.
14 April: Taxi to Manila Airport soon
after first light. Left Manila at 08.30 hrs arriving Singapore 11.30 hrs, departing
12.30 hrs and arriving at Heathrow at 18.50 hrs.
The following lists species seen by Richard Fairbank
in the Philippines in April 1996. Species not seen by RJF but by other members
of the group are included (Nick Preston, Barry Stidolph and John & David
Cooper). The sites visited were American Cemetry in Manila (afternoon of 31
March), Mount Katanglad, south of Cagayan de Oro, Mindanao (1-5 April), Logarita,
central Bohol (7-11 April), Quezon National Park (12 & 13 April) and Pagbiliao
Fish Ponds (afternoon of 13 April), the last two both south of Lucena in southern/central
- Streaked Shearwater [Calonectris lucomelas]:
3 from Cagayan Princess just north of Cagayan [DC only].
- Purple Heron [Ardea purpurea]: 3 at
Pagbiliao Fish Ponds.
- Little Egret [Egretta garzetta]: c100
at Pagbiliao Fish Ponds.
- Yellow-billed Egret [Egretta intermedia]:
c150 at Pagbiliao Fish Ponds.
- Great White Egret [Egretta alba]: 5
at Pagbiliao Fish Ponds.
- Striated Heron [Butorides striatus]:
8 at Pagbiliao Fish Ponds.
- Yellow Bittern [Ixobrychus sinensis]:
one flushed from a ditch at Pagbiliao Fish Ponds.
- Osprey [Pandion haliaetus]: 2 at Pagbiliao
- Barred Honey Buzzard [Pernis celebensis]:
2 over the Eagle lookout at Katanglad on 2 April.
- Brahminy Kite [Haliastus indus]: singles
at Katanglad, Logarita and Quezon.
- White-bellied Sea Eagle [Haliaeetus
leucogaster]: one at Pagbiliao [not appreciated by the egrets]!
- Philippine Serpent Eagle [Spilorins
(cheela) holospilus]: singles at Katanglad, Logarita and Quezon.
- Pied Harrier [Circus melanoleucus]:
a superb male hunting over grassland at the foot of Katanglad.
- Besra [Accipiter virgatus]: one at
- Chinese Goshawk [Accipiter solensis]:
a flock of 35 NW over Katanglad on 2nd, one at Logarita and 30+ at Quezon
[where seemed to be commonest bird].
- PHILIPPINE or MONKEY-EATING EAGLE [Pithecophaga
jefferyi]: Only seen from the Eagle lookout at Katanglad: a pair circling
distantly on 2 April, with one subsequently visiting the nest site [both dissappointing
at > 1km range]. One seen majestically gliding down the valley past the
lookout on 5th was presumably that later seen circling overhead [much more
impressive at close range].
- Philippine Hawk Eagle [Spizaetus philippensis]:
one near the Summit Trail at Quezon.
- Philippine Falconet [Microhierax erythrogonys]:
a superb individual in one of the clearings at Katanglad on 2 April and 2
at Quezon on 13th. This very smart species has an amazing, almost undulating,
- Peregrine [Falco peregrinus]: Singles
at the American Cemetry and Katanglad, both rather pale grey individuals.
- Red Jungle Fowl [Gallus gallus]: heard
in remote forest at Katanglad, one flushed at Logatira.
- Banded Rail [Rallus philippensis]:
one gave excellent views at Pagbiliao Fish Ponds.
- Barred Rail [Rallus torquatus]: 2 together
at the American Cemetry.
- White-browed Crake [Porzana cinerea]:
one at Pagbiliao Fish Ponds [DC/JFC only].
- Bush Hen [Amaurornis olivecea]: heard
- White-breasted Waterhen [Amaurornis
phoenicurus]: one in paddies atLogarita [DC/JFC only].
- Moorhen [Gallinigo chloropus]: 2 in
paddies adjoining Logarita.
- Pacific Golden Plover [Pluvialis fulva]:
9 in paddies adjoining Logarita.
- Whimbrel [Numenius phaeopus]: c50 at
Pagbiliao Fish Ponds.
- Marsh Sandpiper [Tringa stagnatalis]:
c150 at Pagbiliao Fish Ponds.
- Greenshank [Tringa nebularia]: c50
at Pagbiliao Fish Ponds.
- Wood Sandpiper [Tringa glareola]: c75
at Pagbiliao Fish Ponds.
- Terek Sandpiper [Xenus cinereus]: one
at Pagbiliao Fish Ponds.
- Common Sandpiper [Tringa hypoleucos]:
c25 at Pagbiliao Fish Ponds.
- Grey-tailed Tattler [Heteroscelus brevipes]:
2 at Pagbiliao Fish Ponds.
- Swinhoe's Snipe [Gallinago megala]:
single snipes flushed at American Cemetry and Pagbiliao Fish Ponds were probably
- Red-necked Stint [Calidris ruficollis]:
c75 at Pagbiliao Fish Ponds.
- Long-toed Stint [Calidris subminuta]:
3 at Pagbiliao Fish Ponds.
- Sharp-tailed Sandpiper [Calidris acuminata]:
8 at Pagbiliao Fish Ponds.
- Curlew Sandpiper [Calidris ferruginea]:
8 at Pagbiliao Fish Ponds.
- Red-necked Phalarope [Phalaropus lobatus]:
18 from Cagayan Princess (Cagayan to Jagna crossing).
- Gull-billed Tern [Gelochelidon nilotica]:
2 at Pagbiliao Fish Ponds.
- tern sp. [Sterna sp.]: 2 from Cagayan
- Whiskered Tern [Childonias hybrida]:
15 at Pagbiliao Fish Ponds.
- Feral Rock Dove [Columbia liva]: one
in American Cemetry was only one noted.
- Pompadour Green Pigeon [Treron pompadora]:
2 in Scout Camp clearing at Logarita.
- White-eared Brown Dove [Phapitreron
leucotis]: 2 at Katanglad and 1-3 daily at Logarita.
- Yellow-breasted Fruit Dove [Ptilnopus
occipitalis]: 2 in forest at Katanglad were excellent.
- Black-chinned Fruit Dove [Ptilnopus
lechancheri]: singles on two days at Logarita, a fine adult and a rather dull
- Philippine Cuckoo Dove [Macropygia
(tenuirostris) philippensis]: 8 at Katanglad and 2 at Logarita.
- Red Turtle Dove [Streptopelia tranquebarica]:
c20 at American Cemetry.
- Spotted Dove [Streptopelia chinensis]:
2 at Pagbiliao.
- Zebra Dove [Geopelia striata]: c25
at American Cemetry, 4 at Katanglad and 2 at Pagbiliao.
- Luzon Bleeding Heart [Gallicolumba
luzonica]: one at start of the Summit Trail at Quezon [NAP only].
- Emerald Dove [Chalcophaps indica]:
singles at Logarita and Quezon.
- Philippine Cockatoo [Cacatua haematuropygia]:
a pair at Logarita, prospecting nest holes along the Swimming Pool trail.
Possibly the only wild individuals away from Palawan.
- Ring-necked Parakeet [Psittaula krameri]:
a pair in the American Cemetry.
- Guaiabero [Bolbopsittacus lunulatus]:
one in fruiting tree from summit trail at Quezon.
- Green Racket-tail [Prioniturus discursus]:
one near summit at Quezon was seen perched briefly.
- Blue-crowned Racket-tail [Prioniturus
discursus]: one flew over Scout Camp clearing at Logarita.
- Mindanao Montane Racket-tail [Prioniturus
discursus]: 4 flew over upper lookout at Katanglad.
- Philippine Hanging Parrot [Loriculus
philippensis]: 16 at Katanglad, one at Logarita and 5 at Quezon. Mostly flight
views, a few were seen very well perched.
- Philippine Hawk Cuckoo [Cuculus (hyperythus)
pectoralis]: 3 seen and several heard at Katanglad.
- Oriental Cuckoo [Cuculus saturatus]:
two cuckoos at Logarita and one at Quezon were thought to be this species.
- Indonesian Cuckoo [Cuculus sepulcralis]:
heard at Katanglad, one seen at Logarita.
- Rough-crested Malkoha [Phoenicophaeus
supercillosus]: one from Summit Trail at Quezon.
- Philippine Coucal [Centropus viridis]:
4 seen at Katanglad.
- Lesser Coucal [Centropus bengalensis]:
a coucal in roadside vegetation at Quezon was thought to be this species.
- Black-faced Coucal [Centropus melanops]:
6 at Logarita.
- Rufous Coucal [Centropus unifufus]:
one from Summit Trail at Quezon.
- Philippine Scops Owl [Otus megalotis]:
heard next to the headquarters at Logarita but frustratingly not seen.
- Giant Scops Owl [Mimizuku gurneyi]:
heard close to the resthouse at Katanglad but frustratingly not seen.
- Philippine Hawk Owl [Ninox philippensis]:
one spotlighted and one heard by the headquarters at Logarita.
- PHILIPPINE FROGMOUTH [Batrachostomus
septimus]: brilliant views of one spotlighted low down in forest opposite
the resthouse at Katanglad. It had amazing tufts of wispy feathers above its
eyes and bill, quite bizarre. Several were heard at Logarita.
- Great Eared Nightjar [Eurostopodus
macrotis]: seen or heard by resthouse each evening at Katanglad and one flushed
during the day near the upper lookout. Two seen at Logarita.
- Philippine Nightjar [Caprimulgus (macrurus)
manillensis]: 3 by resthouse at Katanglad and one at Logarita.
- Philippine Swiftlet [Collocalia mearnsi]:
c20 over cultivated areas at Katanglad.
- Grey Swiftlet [Collocalia (vanikorensis)
amelis]: 11 at Logarita.
- Pigmy Swiftlet [Collocalia troglodytes]:
c55 at Logarita and 10 at Quezon.
- Glossy Switlet [Collocalia esculenta]:
c60 at Katanglad.
- Needletail sp. [Hirundopus sp.]: 4
briefly shot over the road at Quezon but were not specifically identified.
- White-whiskered Tree Swift [Hemiprocne
comata]: two most days at Katanglad and one at Logarita.
- Philippine Trogon [Harpactes ardens]:
4 seen at Logarita and one at Quezon, others heard.
- Common Kingfisher [Alcedo atthis]:
6 at Pagbiliao Fish Ponds.
- Indigo-banded Kingfisher [Ceyx cyanopectus]:
one on small river at entrance to Quezon.
- Ruddy Kingfisher [Halcyon coromanda]:
one or two seen most days at Logarita on main track from headquarters to the
start of the Valley Trail.
- White-breasted Kingfisher [Halcyon
smyrnensis]: one on small river at entrance to Quezon.
- Winchell's Kingfisher [Halcyon winchelli]:
heard and seen very badly in flight on Valley Trail at Logarita (a canopy
- Collared Kingfisher [Halcyon chloris]:
two at American Cemetry, one on lower slopes of Katanglad, two at Logarita
and one at Pagbiliao Fish Ponds.
- Spotted Wood Kingfisher [Halcyon lindsayi]:
a pair at the start of the Summit Trail at Quezon gave excellent views.
- Hombron's Kingfisher [Halcyon hombroni]:
a pair across the valley at Katanglad gave excellent views.
- Mindinao Hornbill [Penelopides (panini)
affinis]: one at Katanglad
- Luzon Hornbill [Penelopides (panini)
manilloe]: 6 at Quezon, on the Summit Trail and along the higher part of the
- Samar Hornbill [Penelopides (panini)
samarensis]: 5 around the Scout Camp Clearing at Logarita.
- Rufous Hornbill [Buceros hydrcorax]:
a pair with a juvenile seen on both days from the viewpoint at Quezon. Very
- Coppersmith Barbet [Megalaima haemacephala]:
one seen at Quezon, others heard.
- Greater Goldenback [Chrysocolaptes
lucidus]: one at Katanglad [DC/JFC only].
- Sooty Woodpecker [Mulleripecus funebris]:
one on the Summit Trail at Quezon.
- White-bellied Woodpecker [Dryocopus
javensis]: one at Katanglad, two at Logarita and one at Quezon.
- Philippine Pigmy Woodpecker [Dendrocopos
maculatus]: one in American Cemetry and 9 at Katanglad.
- WATTLED BROADBIL [Eurylaimus steeri]:
two pairs at dusk by the experimental plantation near the Scout Camp Clearing
gave brilliant views by spotlight and a female along the Swimming Pool Trail
at Logarita. Third best bird of the trip (only beaten by next two species).
- RED-BELLIED PITTA [Pitta erythrogaster]:
an amazing individual gave prolonged views on the Valley Trail at Logarita
on two dates and was easily the bird of the trip. One was also heard on the
Summit Trail at Quezon.
- STEERE'S or AZURE-BREASTED PITTA [Pitta
steeri]: 5 along the Valley Trail at Logarita, 4 on the first day and one
on the last morning but none between! All but one were seen as a result of
tape playback. Second best bird of the trip.
- Swallow [Hirundo rustica]: c40 at Katanglad
and 5 at Logarita.
- Pacific Swallow [Hirundo tahitica]:
c20 at Pagbiliao Fish Ponds.
- Striated Swallow [Hirundo striolata]:
8 in gorge between Katanglad and Cagayan de Oro.
- Bar-bellied Cuckoo-Shrike [Coracina
striata]: a male at Logarita.
- Blackish Cuckoo-Shrike [Coracina coerulescens]:
two at Quezon, just above the enterance.
- McGregor's Cuckoo-Shrike [Coracina
striata]: two above the higher lookout at Katanglad.
- Pied Triller [Lalage nigra]: two at
American Cemetry and 4 on lower slopes of Katanglad.
- Scarlet Minivet [Pericrocotus flammeus]:
4 in Scout Camp Clearing at Logarita.
- Yellow-wattled Bulbul [Pycnonotus urostictus]:
one seen briefly at Logarita (and one missed at Quezon).
- Oriental Yellow-vented Bulbul [Pycnonotus
goiavier]: c10 at American Cemetry, c35 at Katanglad and one at Pagbiliao
- Philippine Bulbul [Hypsipetes philippensis]:
c40 at Katanglad, c40 at Logarita and c20 at Quezon.
- Balicassiao [Dicrurus balicassius]:
10-12 daily at Quezon.
- Spangled Drongo [Dicrurus bracteatus]:
one at Katanglad and 2-6 daily at Logarita.
- Philippine Oriole [Oriolus (xanthonotus)
steerii]: two near Scout Camp Clearing at Logarita [DC/JFC only].
- Black-naped Oriole [Oriolus chinensis]:
two in American Cemetry and 1-2 daily at Logarita.
- Philippine Fairy Bluebird [Irena cyanogaster]:
several near Scout Camp Clearing at Logarita [DC/JFC only].
- Large-billed Crow [Corvus macrorhynnchos]:
4 at Pagbiliao Fish Ponds.
- Elegant Tit [Parus elegans]: c20 at
Katanglad, but not seen there every day. Seen badly at Quezon.
- Sulphur-billed Nuthatch [Sitta (frontalis)
oenochlamys]: 1-10 daily at Katanglad.
- Stripe-headed Rhabdornis [Rhabdornis
mysticalis]: 2-3 daily at Quezon. Very smart.
- Stripe-breasted Rhabdornis [Rhabdornis
inornatus]: two at Katanglad (the others saw more). Not a patch on the previous
- Streaked Ground Babbler [Ptilocichia
mindanensis]: probably heard at Logarita (Indonesian Cuckoo has a very similar
call) where it was seen by most of the others but not me.
- Black-crowned Tree Babbler [Stachyris
nigricapitata]: one on the Valley Trail at Logarita.
- Brown Tit-Babbler [Macronous striaticeps]:
6 at Katanglad and 6 at Logarita.
- White-browed Shortwing [Brachypteryx
montana]: heard most days at Katanglad.
- White-browed Shama [Copsychus luzoniensis]:
heard both days at Quezon but not seen despite much effort.
- Pied Stonechat [Saxicola caprata]:
two on lower slopes of Katanglad and 4 at Pagbiliao Fish Ponds.
- Blue Rock Thrush [Monticola solitarius]:
a female at the American Cemetry and a male at Quezon.
- Eye-browed Thrush [Turdus obscurus]:
c85 at Katanglad including a flock of c75 on lower slopes.
- Golden-bellied Flyeater [Gerygone sulphurea]:
6 in the American Cemetry.
- Arctic Warbler [Phylloscopus borealis]:
singles at Katanglad, Quezon and Pagbiliao Fish Ponds.
- Philippine Leaf Warbler [Phylloscopus
olivaceous]: one from the Valley Trail at Logarita.
- Dubois Leaf Warbler [Phylloscopus
cebuensis]: one on the Summit Trail at Quezon (did not have a particularly
yellow throat so perhaps a Dubious Leaf Warbler)!
- Mountain Leaf Warbler [Phylloscopus
trivirgatus]: 6 at Katanglad.
- Oriental Reed Warbler [Acrocephalus
orientalis]: 3 at Pagbiliao Fish Ponds.
- Striated Warbler [Megalurus palustris]:
two at the American Cemetry, 7 at Katanglad and 3 at Pagbiliao Fish Ponds.
- Rufous-capped Tailorbird [Orthotomus
(cucullatus) heterdaemus]: 5 at Katanglad.
- Yellow-breasted Tailorbird [Orthotomus
samarensis]: one actually on the Valley Trail at Logarita.
- Zitting Cisticola [Cisticola juncidis]:
one on the lower slopes of Katanglad [NAP only].
- Long-tailed Ground Warbler [Bradypterus
caudatus]: an all dark bird seen badly flying across the path at my feet on
Katanglad was assumed to be this species.
- Rufous-tailed Jungle Flycatcher [Rhinomyias
ruficauda]: two on the Valley Trail at Logarita.
- Grey-streaked Flycatcher [Muscicapa
griseisistica]: 18 at Katanglad.
- Island Verditer [Muscicapa panayensis]:
15 at Katanglad.
- Snowy-browed Flycatcher [Ficedula hyperthya]:
a male at Katanglad.
- Little Pied Flycatcher [Ficedula westermanni]:
5 at Katanglad.
- Blue Fantail [Rhipidura superciliaris]:
3 on the Valley Trail at Logarita.
- Blue-headed Fantail [Rhipidura cyaniceps]:
3 on Summit Trail at Quezon.
- Black and Cinnamon Fantail [Rhipidura
nigrocinnamomea]: 16 at Katanglad.
- Pied Fantail [Rhipidura javanica]:
3 at American Cemetry in Manila.
- Black-naped Monarch [Hypothymia azurea]:
7 at Logarita.
- Yellow-bellied Whistler [Pachycephala
philippensis]: 8 at Katanglad and 3 at Logarita.
- Grey Wagtail [Motacilla flava]: 6
at Katanglad and singles at Logarita, Quezon and Pagbiliao.
- Yellow Wagtail [Motacilla flava]: c30
in paddies at Logarita.
- Richard's Pipit [Anthus ricardi]: two
in paddies at Logarita.
- White-breasted Wood Swallow [Artamus
leucorhynchus]: two at Katanglad, 3 at Logarita and one at Quezon.
- Brown Shrike [Lanius cristatus]: c15
at American Cemetry in Manila, 6 at Katanglad and 7 at Logarita.
- Mountain Shrike [Lanius validirostris]:
one in clearing c90 mins walk above the upper lookout at Katanglad.
- Long-tailed Shrike [Lanius schachs]:
c20 at Katanglad.
- Short-tailed Glossy Starling [Aplonis
minor]: c50 at Katanglad.
- Asian Glossy Starling [Aplonis panayensis]:
two at Tagbilaran Airport, Bohol.
- Violet-backed Starling [Sternus philippensis]:
c80 at American Cemetry in Manila.
- White-cheeked Starling [Sternus cineraceus]:
c6 at American Cemetry in Manila.
- Crested Myna [Acridotheres cristatellus]:
3 at American Cemetry in Manila and c10 at Pagbiliao.
- Apo Myna [Basilornis mirandar]: 4 at
upper lookout at Katanglad.
- Coleto [Aplonis minor]: c20 at Logarita
and 7 at Quezon.
- Purple-throated Sunbird [Nectarina
sperata]: one male by headquarters at Logarita..
- Olive-backed Sunbird [Nectarina jugularis]:
one at Dalwangan and 3 at Pagbiliao.
- Hachisuka's Sunbird [Aethopyga primigeus]:
5 at Katanglad.
- Apo Sunbird [Aethopyga boltoni]: one
about 60 mins walk above upper lookout at Katanglad.
- Naked-faced Spiderhunter [Aracnothera
clarae]: one near the Summit Trail at Quezon.
- Olive-capped Flowerpecker [Dicaeum
nigrilore]: 5 at Katanglad.
- Flame-crowned Flowerpecker [Dicaeum
anthonyi]: one seen by David near rest house at Katanglad.
- Bicoloured Flowerpecker [Dicaeum bicolor]:
two at Katanglad.
- Philippine Flowerpecker [Dicaeum australe]:
one male in Scout Camp Clearing at Logarita, also two probables near resthouse
- Orange-bellied Flowerpecker [Dicaeum
trigonostigam]: two at Logarita and 3 at Quezon.
- White-bellied Flowerpecker [Dicaeum
hypoleucum]: 6 at Katanglad.
- Pigmy Flowerpecker [Dicaeum pygmaeum]:
singles at Katanglad and Quezon.
- Fire-breasted Flowerpecker [Dicaeum
ignipectus]: 6 at Katanglad.
- Mountain White-eye [Zosterops montana]:
25-75 daily at Katanglad.
- Goodfellow's White-eye [Lophozosterops
goodfellowi]: 6 at Katanglad.
- Cinnamon Ibon [Hypocriptadius cinnamomeus]:
c15 at Katanglad.
- Tree Sparrow [Passer montanus]: c100
at American Cemetry, c30 at Katanglad, c20 at Logarita and c20 at Pagbiliao.
- Katanglad Parrotfinch [Erythrura coloria]:
two seen very badly in flight at Katanglad.
- White-bellied Munia [Lonchura leucogaster]:
3 at Katanglad.
- Scaly-breasted Munia [Lonchura punctulata]:
6 at Pagbiliao Fish Ponds
- Chestnut Munia [Lonchura malacca]:
one at Katanglad and 3 at Pagbiliao Fish Ponds.
- White-cheeked Bullfinch [Pyrrhula leucogenys]:
four above upper lookout at Katanglad.
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