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B2A Philippines 2012 tour report.

12 - 25 February


Participants ; David and Kay White, Bob East,

Russell Boyman, David and Nancy Massie


Tour leader ; Stijn De Win


Luzon, Bohol, Cebu and Mindanao

Our trip list.


Little Grebe   Tachybaptus ruficollis

Enroute from North Luzon Expressway


Grey Heron   Ardea cinerea

Candaba marsh, 500+


Purple Heron   Ardea purpurea

100+ birds at Candaba


Great Egret   Ardea alba

Candaba and few en-route Luzon


Intermediate Egret   Egretta intermedia

Few at Candaba, Los Banos and on Bohol


Little Egret   Egretta garzetta

Few seen throughout the trip


Chinese Egret   Egretta eulophotes   Vulnerable (VU)

The regular spot on the coral flats on Bohol en-route to Bilar held no birds at the time  of our visit but we found 1 bird at the mangrove edge from Baclayon pier.


Cattle Egret   Bubulcus ibis

Fairly common throughout.


Striated Heron  Butorides striata

Seen at Subic, Bohol and Cebu


Black-crowned Night-Heron   Nycticorax nycticorax

Plenty in the colony at Candaba


Black Bittern Dupetor flavicollis

One at Candaba, looks to have become regular now.


Yellow Bittern   Ixobrychus sinensis

An amazing 15+ birds seen at Candaba Marsh


Cinnamon Bittern   Ixobrychus cinnamomeus

2 birds seen at Candaba


Philippine Duck   Anas luzonica   Vulnerable (VU)   Near-endemic

Approx. 75+ at Candaba Marsh.  Also 10 birds seen in flight at Subic Bay.


Northern Pintail   Anas acuta

20 birds seen at Candaba


Eurasian Teal   Anas crecca

About 5 birds at Candaba.


Garganey   Anas querquedula

5 at Candaba Marsh


Northern Shoveler   Anas Clypeata

3 at Candaba Marsh


Tufted Duck   Aythya fuligula

2 female at Candaba, one at each side of a male Greater Scaup that is…


Greater Scaup   Aythya marila  Vagrant

A nice male found at Candaba on 12th Feb. 2012 was the 5th accepted record for the Philippines.


Osprey   Pandion haliaetus

1 at Candaba


Oriental Honey-buzzard   Pernis ptilorhynchus

2 seen on Mt.Makiling, and later three of  this odd looking philippensis subspecies with the very rufous underparts performed on Mt.Kitanglad for great looks.


Brahminy Kite   Haliastur indus

Fairly common throughout.


Philippine Serpent-Eagle   Spilornis holospilus   Country endemic

Five sightings, Bohol and Luzon.


Besra   Accipiter virgatus

One at Subic and 3 sightings on Bohol


Great Philippine Eagle   Pithecophaga jefferyi   Critically endangered (CR)   Country endemic

Seen perched on both our full days on Kitanglad and making short 'hunting' flights as well.


Philippine Hawk-Eagle   Spizaetus philippensis   Vulnerable (VU)   Country endemic

Two seen at Subic.


Philippine Falconet   Microhierax erythrogenys   Country endemic

Two at Hill 394, Subic.


Peregrine Falcon   Falco peregrinus

One at Subic


Blue-breasted Quail   Coturnix chinensis

Three on Mt.Kitanglad


Red Junglefowl   Gallus gallus

Good views at Subic, heard also at Rajah Sikatuna.


Barred Buttonquail   Turnix suscitator

One bird seen, dairy farm at Los Banos.


Buff-banded Rail   Gallirallus philippensis

4 birds seen on the edge of a rice paddy at Candaba


Barred Rail   Gallirallus torquatus   Near-endemic

Total of ‘9’ birds seen on this tour.


Plain Bush-hen   Amaurornis olivacea   Country endemic

2 seen at Candaba and 2 Los Banos dairy farm


White-breasted Waterhen   Amaurornis phoenicurus

3 at Candaba, also Los Banos and Bohol


White-browed Crake    Porzana cinerea

2 at Candaba


Watercock    Gallicrex cinerea

1 at Candaba


Purple [Philippine] Swamphen   Porphyrio porphyrio

5 - 10 at Candaba Marsh


Common Moorhen   Gallinula chloropus

Few at Candaba.


Pheasant-tailed Jacana   Hydrophasianus chirurgus

5 birds at Candaba Marsh.


Greater Painted-snipe   Rostratula benghalensis

5 seen at Candaba


Black-winged Stilt   Himantopus himantopus

10+ seen enroute Cebu


Oriental Pratincole   Glareola maldivarum

10+ seen at  Candaba.


Pacific Golden Plover   Pluvialis fulva

5 enroute Cebu


Grey Plover   Pluvialis squatarola

1 on the coral flats on Bohol.


Little Ringed Plover   Charadrius dubius

Luzon and Cebu enroute


Kentish Plover   Charadrius alexandrinus

Bohol coral flats and Cebu


Lesser Sandplover   Charadrius mongolus

Bohol coral flats


Greater Sandplover   Charadrius leschenaultii

Bohol coral flats


Bukidnon Woodcock   Scolopax bukidnonensis   Country endemic

Traditionally recorded just about every evening and early morning at Del Monte lodge, Kitanglad. Once we went out to a nearby clearing for great flight views of 3 birds together.


Pintail Snipe   Galinago stenura

1 flushed at Los Banos dairy farm


Whimbrel  Numenius phaeopus

Few birds near Tagbiliran, Bohol


Common Sandpiper   Actitis hypoleucos

Bohol and Cebu


Green Sandpiper   Actitis ochropus

2 at Candaba


Grey-tailed Tattler   Tringa brevipes

15+ near Tagbiliran, Bohol


Wood Sandpiper   Tringa glareola

Candaba and Cebu


Common Redshank   Tringa totanus

Single bird on Cebu


Ruddy Turnstone   Arenaria interpres

5 birds on coral flats near Tagbiliran, Bohol.


Red-necked Stint   Calidris ruficollis

100+ enroute to Alcoy, Cebu


Little Tern   Sternula albifrons

Few near  Cebu port


White-winged Tern   Chlidonias leucopterus

Singles Luzon  and Bohol.


Whiskered Tern   Chlidonias hybrida

Candaba, NLEX, Bohol, Los Banos laguna, Cebu


Common Tern   Sterna hirundo

10+ birds seen off-shore Bohol.


Aleutian Tern   Sterna aleutica  Vagrant

A thunderstorm had brought in Terns as we were waiting for the Supercat fast ferry,which was delayed due to the same storm. Plenty time to watch the Terns. Whiskered, White-winged, Common and some of the guests claimed a Gull-billed Tern. Need to check that out. Gull-billed, while not impossible would be odd. The bird returned for another close fly-by. It didn’t fit. Immediately clear. I’ve seen 1000s Gull-billed in Thailand.  One of the guests was keen enough to note the funny pattern on the underwing. Sure enough the dark trailing edge on the underwing is a distinctive ID feature for Aleutian. We never confirmed ID of this bird on the spot but photos from OBI later checked on show perfect match. Non-breeding plumage.


Island Collared-Dove   Streptopelia bitorquata

Just as last year, only 1 bird of this very scarce species seen at Candaba Marsh.


Red Collared-Dove   Streptopelia tranquebarica

10 + Candaba Marsh, Los Banos


Spotted Dove   Streptopelia chinensis

Candaba, Los Banos, Bohol, Mt.Kitanglad


Philippine Cuckoo-Dove   Macropygia tenuirostris   Near-endemic

1 bird  Bohol, where also more birds heard, on Kitanglad we had 9 birds together in 1 fruiting tree.


Emerald Dove   Chalcophaps indica

Subic, Bohol and Cebu


Zebra Dove   Geopelia striata

Sightings at Candaba, Kitanglad, Bohol, Subic, Makiling.


White-eared Dove   Phapitreron leucotis   Country endemic

Regular encounters at most sites visited.


Pompadour [Philippine] Green-Pigeon   Treron pompadora [axillarus]

Subic only but in good numbers here.


Yellow-breasted Fruit-Dove   Ptilinopus occipitalis   Country endemic

1 bird perched at Subic on the last morning allowed for prolonged looks in the scope, 3 other sightings on Kitanglad more brief.


Black-chinned Fruit-Dove   Ptilinopus leclancheri   Near-endemic

Amazingly heard on 6 tour dates but never showed.


Green Imperial Pigeon   Ducula aenea

Regular sightings on all days at Subic only.


Guaiabero   Bolbopsittacus lunulatus   Country endemic

Lots of flowering trees made us see plenty birds daily  at Subic, also seen Makiling.


Mindanao Racquet-tail   Prioniturus waterstradti   Near-threatened (NT)   Country endemic

None seen on the first full day on Kitanglad, then on the next day, in a drizzle, they appeared just about everywhere. Several sightings with a total of 10+ birds.


Green Racquet-tail   Prioniturus luconensis   Vulnerable (VU)   Country endemic

6 + 1 seen Subic


Blue-naped Parrot   Tanygnathus lucionensis   Near-threatened (NT)   Near-endemic

Good numbers seen at Subic only.


Philippine Hanging-Parrot   Loriculus philippensis   Country endemic

(Colasisi) Fairly common on Mt.Kitanglad. Good to get those perched regularly!


Philippine Hawk-Cuckoo   Cuculus pectoralis   Country endemic

One bird for good looks at Mt.Makiling, heard at both Kitanglad and Rajah Sikatuna.


Plaintive Cuckoo   Cacomantis merulinus

1 male at Candaba


Rusty-breasted Cuckoo   Cacomantis variolosus

Heard Bohol, seen Cebu and Kitanglad.


Philippine Drongo-Cuckoo   Surniculus velutinus   Country endemic

1 brief and 1 good sighting at Rajah Sikatuna, Bohol.


Red-crested Malkoha   Phaenicophaeus superciliosus   Country endemic

We had daily sightings of this amazing Malkoha at both Subic and Mt.Makiling.


Scale-feathered Malkoha   Phaenicophaeus cumingi   Country endemic

Two birds at Mt. Makiling


Rufous Coucal   Centropus unirufus   Near-threatened (NT)   Country endemic

Subic is the place for this localized and peculiar species hiding in bamboo clumps in groups of 10+ birds. We encountered no less than 5  groups on our first full day and few more later on.


Black-faced Coucal   Centropus melanops   Country endemic

2 + 1 at Rajah Sikatuna Protected Landscape, Bohol.


Philippine Coucal   Centropus viridis   Country endemic

Seen Subic and Bohol


Lesser Coucal   Centropus bengalensis

1 seen Candaba marsh, heard Los Banos


Philippine Scops-Owl   Otus megalotis   Country endemic

Heard Mt.Makiling


Everett’s Scops-Owl   Otus everetti   Country endemic

Good looks in the spotlight  at Rajah Sikatuna, Bohol. Heard Kitanglad.


Mindanao Eagle-Owl   Mimizuku gurneyi    Country endemic

On the first  evening, heard briefly at the lodge on Mt.Kitanglad.


Chocolate Boobook   Ninox randi    Near-endemic

A surprise find at Subic when 1 came in while looking for Phil. Hawk Owl.


Philippine Hawk-Owl   Ninox philippensis   Country endemic

Heard Subic and Makiling


Philippine Frogmouth   Batrachostomus septimus   Country endemic

It took us 1 minute to get 1 in the spotlight for perfect looks by the lodge  on Kitanglad,


Great Eared-Nightjar   Eurostopodus macrotis

Seen Subic, heard Bohol and Kitanglad


Philippine Nightjar   Caprimulgus manillensis   Country endemic

Two birds at Subic for great looks in the spotlight.


Glossy Swiftlet   Collocalia esculenta

Commonly seen on Mindanao and Bohol.


Grey-rumped Swiftlet   Collocalia marginata  Country endemic

Common at Subic, Mt.Makiling and Cebu.


Pygmy Swiftlet   Collocalia troglodytes   Country endemic

Brilliant views (looking down on them) from the Chocolate Hills viewpoint on Bohol, also seen Cebu.


Philippine Swiftlet   Aerodramus mearnsi   Country endemic

Only few Mt.Kitanglad


Uniform Swiftlet   Aerodramus vanikorensis

Quite common on Bohol and a few recorded in Cagayan.


Purple Needletail   Hirundapus celebensis   Near-endemic

About 15 birds seen Subic and more than 20 low over fields on the way up Kitanglad.


Asian Palm-Swift   Cypsiurus balasiensis

Seen on Bohol and Cebu


Whiskered Treeswift   Hemiprocne comata

Subic and Rajah Sikatuna.


Philippine Trogon   Harpactes ardens   Country endemic

Remains quite common at Rajah Sikatuna, Bohol, where we saw a male and 2 females.


Common Kingfisher   Alcedo atthis



Indigo-banded Kingfisher   Alcedo cyanopectus   Country endemic

Readily seen from the bridge on the university campus at Los Banos where a pair performed for looks as long as we wanted.


Silvery Kingfisher   Alcedo argentata   Vulnerable (VU)   Country endemic

Single bird seen on both full days on Bohol at different locations.


Ruddy Kingfisher Halcyon coromanda

1 seen briefly from the car while crossing a stream at Subic.


White-throated Kingfisher   Halcyon smyrnensis

Few on Bohol, common Subic


Rufous-lored Kingfisher   Todiramphus winchelli   Vulnerable (VU)   Country endemic

2 + 1 bird for brief looks only until the last morning when we had a female in the scope


Collared Kingfisher   Todiramphus chloris

Almost daily sightings except Kitanglad


Spotted Wood Kingfisher   Actenoides lindsayi   Country endemic

Both male and female for good eye-level looks at Makiling, heard Subic.


Blue-capped Wood Kingfisher   Actenoides hombroni   Vulnerable (VU)   Country endemic

Acording to local guide Carlito there had been no sign of them so far on Kitanglad. No group to get it. I think we were lucky to at least hear them.


Blue-throated Bee-eater   Merops viridis

Adding colour on every day at Subic.


Blue-tailed Bee-eater   Merops philippinus

Several noted at Candaba, few on Bohol.


Dollarbird   Eurystomus orientalis

2 + 1, at Subic Bay.


Rufous Hornbill   Buceros hydrocorax   Country endemic

Heard at hill 394, Subic


Luzon Hornbill   Penelopides manillae   Country endemic

Several birds daily at Subic and also a few on Mt.Makiling.


Samar Hornbill   Penelopides samarensis   Country endemic

3 birds seen at Rajah Sikatuna, Bohol,  and plenty more heard in the reserve.


Mindanao Hornbill   Penelopides affinis   Country endemic

2 + 1 seen Kitanglad, more heard


Coppersmith Barbet   Megalaima haemacephala

2 birds of the 'red-headed' and endemic 'cebuensis' subspecies seen at Alcoy, Cebu. Common Subic and Makiling.


Philippine Woodpecker   Dendrocopos maculatus   Country endemic

Subic, Makiling, Kitanglad


White-bellied Woodpecker   Dryocopus javensis

Daily Subic, twice Bohol


Luzon Flameback   Chrysocolaptes haematribon

Daily sightings Subic


Buff-spotted Flameback   Chrysocolaptes lucidus

2 on Bohol and 1 Kitanglad


Sooty Woodpecker   Mulleripicus funebris   Country endemic

Another superb woodpecker, first a pair and later 2 more birds seen Subic.


Visayan Broadbill   Eurylaimus samarensis   Vulnerable (VU)   Country endemic

Yep, we managed the Broadbills again. A single bird showed on 2 different days on Bohol.


Azure-breasted Pitta   Pitta steerii   Vulnerable (VU)   Country endemic

(Steere’s Pitta) We know very well where exactly  they are at Rajah Sikatuna. But then heard heard heard, no good response to tape, maybe it’s just  too early in the season… on the last morning 1 hopped just a few meters away next to the track… lucky guys!


Hooded Pitta   Pitta sordida

Surprised to find 4 birds calling from 1 location at AlcoyCebu. 1 bird of those was seen


Red-bellied Pitta   Pitta erythrogaster

1 heard at AlcoyCebu,  didn’t move an inch on tape playback


Barn Swallow   Hirundo rustica

Seen daily


Pacific Swallow   Hirundo tahitica

Common except Kitanglad


Striated Swallow  Cecropis striolata

Subic, Los Banos, Bohol, Mindanao


Oriental Skylark   Alauda gulgula

3 at Candaba


Oriental Pipit   Anthus rufulus

Candaba, Subic, Los Banos


Olive-backed Pipit   Anthus hodgsoni

Scarce in Philippines but we got lucky with 2 birds perched in a dead tree on Kitanglad


Eastern Yellow Wagtail   Motacilla tschutschensis

50+ at Kitanglad, few  Candaba


Grey Wagtail   Motacilla cinerea

Kitanglad  and Los Banos.


Beer-bellied Cuckoo-shrike   Coracina striata

Plenty Subic, few Rajah Sikatuna


Blackish Cuckoo-shrike   Coracina coerulescens   Country endemic

Daily Subic


Mc Gregor's Cuckoo-shrike   Coracina mcgregori   Near-threatened (NT)  Country endemic

4 birds on the walk up to Apo Sunbird, Kitanglad


Pied Triller   Lalage nigra

Fairly common


Ashy Minivet   Pericrocotus divaricatus

Subic and  Makiling


Scarlet Minivet   Pericrocotus flammeus

Single sighting on Bohol.


Yellow-wattled Bulbul   Pycnonotus urostictus   Country endemic

Seen Makiling and Bohol.


Yellow-vented Bulbul   Pycnonotus goiavier



Philippine Bulbul   Ixos philippinus   Country endemic



Blue Rock-Thrush   Monticola solitarius

2 + 1 seen Subic Bay, near the airfield.


Eyebrowed Thrush   Turdus obscurus

Many on Kitanglad. On 1 day 100+ were recorded.


White-browed Shortwing   Brachypteryx montana

Kitanglad, heard


Bright-capped Cisticola  Cisticola exilis

2 Los Banos (Golden-headed Cisticola)


Zitting Cisticola   Cisticola juncidis

Candaba and Bohol


Long-tailed Ground-Warbler   Bradypterus caudatus   Country endemic

1 seen briefly, more heard Kitanglad


Oriental Reed-Warbler   Acrocephalus orientalis

Few Candaba


Rufous-headed Tailorbird   Orthotomus heterolaemus   Country endemic

2 + 1 good sightings on  Mt.Kitanglad.


Philippine Tailorbird   Orthotomus castaneiceps   Country endemic

1 + 1 seen Subic.


Rufous-fronted Tailorbird   Orthotomus frontalis   Country endemic

Quite a few heard at Rajah Sikatuna with 1 bird that showed in the end.


Grey-backed Tailorbird   Orthotomus derbianus   Country endemic

Good views of 2 birds at Makiling.


Yellow-breasted Tailorbird   Orthotomus samarensis   Near-threatened (NT)   Country endemic

A nice confiding male of this Visayas endemic for great views at Rajah Sikatuna, Bohol on our last morning was superb although It had been seen briefly earlier on.


Arctic Warbler   Phylloscopus borealis

Makiling, Cebu, Kitanglad


Mountain Warbler   Phylloscopus trivirgatus

Common on Mt.Kitanglad.


Philippine Leaf-Warbler   Phylloscopus olivaceus   Country endemic

Daily at Rajah Sikatuna Bohol.


Tawny Grassbird   Megalurus timoriensis

Several seen Kitanglad, Tabunan and Makiling.


Striated Grassbird   Megalurus palustris

Rather common throughout


Rufous-tailed Jungle-Flycatcher   Rhinomyias ruficauda   Near-endemic

We found 2 birds of the endemic boholensis race for good looks at Rajah Sikatuna Protected Landscape.

Rarely seen outside of the Philippines (supposed to be on Borneo) and certainly also uncommon on the islands with only Rajah Sikatuna and Picop to be spots with regular sightings although I have now found it on Leyte also.


Grey-streaked Flycatcher   Muscicapa griseisticta

Fairly common and regularly recorded throughout.


Mugimaki Flycatcher   Ficedula mugimaki

1 sighting on Kitanglad


Little Pied Flycatcher   Ficedula westermanni

3 birds seen Mt.Kitanglad


Mountain Verditer Flycatcher   Eumyias panayensis   Near-endemic

Plenty sightings on  Mt.Kitanglad. (Island Flycatcher)


Mangrove Blue-Flycatcher   Cyornis rufigastra

few birds at Tabunan forest, Cebu.


White-browed Shama   Copsychus luzoniensis   Country endemic

Elusive as ever. After hearing quite a few got lucky with 1 good for photos at Subic. Heard Makiling.


Black Shama   Copsychus cebuensis   Endangered (EN)   Country endemic

4 birds seen at AlcoyCebu


Pied Bushchat   Saxicola caprata

Singles at Candaba and en-route on the Subic – Tarlac expressway + Cebu


Blue Fantail   Rhipidura superciliaris   Country endemic

3 sightings at Rajah Sikatuna NP, few more heard.


Black-and-cinnamon Fantail   Rhipidura nigrocinnamomea   Country endemic

Up to 5 daily at Mt.Kitanglad. Stunner!


Fried Pantail   Rhipidura javanica

Few seen mainly Subic and Cebu


Black-naped Monarch   Hypothymis azurea

Makiling, Bohol, Cebu


Rufous Paradise-Flycatcher   Terpsiphone cinnamomea   Country endemic

Heard briefly Makiling


White-vented Whistler  Pachycephala homeyeri   Near-endemic

Couple seen at Alcoy Cebu


Yellow-bellied Whistler  Pachycephala philippinensis   Country endemic

Kitanglad and at Rajah Sikatuna Bohol.


Striated Wren-Babbler   Ptilocichla mindanensis   Country endemic

Seen once, more heard Bohol


Black-crowned Babbler   Stachyris nigrocapitata  Country endemic

2 sightings at Rajah Sikatuna NP


Brown Tit-Babbler   Macronous striaticeps   Country endemic

Bohol and Kitanglad


Golden-bellied Gerygone   Gerygone sulphurea

Several at Subic (Flyeater), heard Bohol


Elegant Tit   Pardaliparus elegans   Country endemic

Subic, Makiling, Cebu,  daily on Kitanglad.


White-fronted Tit   Sittiparus semilarvatus   Near-threatened (NT)   Country endemic

At Subic, we got 1 singled out in a lone tree but only showed when it flew out.


Sulphur-billed Nuthatch   Sitta oenochlamys   Country endemic

1 at Makiling was a good record, plenty seen on Kitanglad though.


Stripe-sided Rhabdornis   Rhabdornis mysticalis   Country endemic

Fairly common at Subic and  Mt.Makiling – Los Banos.


Stripe-breasted Rhabdornis   Rhabdornis inornatus   Country endemic

No any problem with this one on Kitanglad this year. Daily regular sightings and even a group of 7 recorded.


Plain-throated Sunbird   Anthreptes malacensis

Subic, Mt.Makiling and Bohol


Purple-throated Sunbird   Leptocoma sperata

Makiling and Bohol.


Olive-backed Sunbird   Cinnyris jugularis

Fairly common and seen regularly during the trip.


Grey-hooded Sunbird   Aethopyga primigenia   Country endemic

A few daily at Mt.Kitanglad.


Mount Apo Sunbird   Aethopyga boltoni   Near-threatened (NT)   Country endemic

2 males seen Kitanglad


Flaming Sunbird   Aethopyga flagrans   Country endemic

A female on the red roadside flowers on Makiling.


Metallic-winged Sunbird   Aethopyga pulcherrima   Country endemic

A male  at  Rajah Sikatuna NP, Bohol.


Handsome Sunbird   Aethopyga bella   Country endemic

1 male Subic and a pair at Mt.Makiling


Eastern Crimson Sunbird   Aethopyga siparaja

1 briefly at Alcoy forest, Cebu


Olive-capped Flowerpecker   Dicaeum nigrilore   Country endemic

Usually common but only 2 bird seen this time on Kitanglad


Bicolored Flowerpecker   Dicaeum bicolor   Country endemic

A nice male performed in the clearing at Rajah Sikatuna.


Red-striped Flowerpecker   Dicaeum australe   Country endemic

Subic, Alcoy forest, Bohol and Makiling.


Orange-bellied Flowerpecker   Dicaeum trigonostigma

Several at Rajah Sikatuna,  Bohol and noted at Makiling.


Buzzing Flowerpecker   Dicaeum hypoleucum   Country endemic

Commonly seen on Kitanglad.


Pygmy Flowerpecker   Dicaeum pygmaeum   Country endemic

A bird each at Subic and Makiling.


Fire-breasted Flowerpecker   Dicaeum ignipectum

Two sightings on Kitanglad.


Everett’s White-eye   Zosterops everetti

Bohol and Cebu.


Lowland White-eye   Zosterops meyeni   Near-endemic

A group of about 15 birds on stake-out in Subic.


Mountain White-eye   Zosterops montanus   Near-endemic

Common on Mt.Kitanglad.


Mindanao White-eye   Lophozosterops goodfellowi   Country endemic

2 birds Mt.Kitanglad. Also called Black-masked White-eye.


Cinnamon Ibon   Hypocryptadius cinnamomeus   Country endemic

Up to 5 birds seen daily at Kitanglad.


White-lored Oriole   Oriolus albiloris   Country endemic

1 seen well on our last morning in Subic


Black-naped Oriole   Oriolus chinensis

Seen Bohol but especially common at Subic.


Philippine Fairy-bluebird   Irena cyanogastra   Country endemic

4 seen at  Rajah Sikatuna, more heard


Brown Shrike   Lanius cristatus

common throughout


Long-tailed Shrike   Lanius schach

Subic and Kitanglad.


Balicassiao   Dicrurus balicassius   Country endemic

1 bird of the white-bellied 'mirabilis' spp. fly-by at Alcoy,, common (balicassius) at Subic and Makiling.


Spangled Drongo   Dicrurus bracteatus

Plenty at Rajah Sikatuna on Bohol.


White-breasted Woodswallow   Artamus leucorynchus

Rather common throughout.


Large-billed Crow   Corvus macrorhynchos

common at Subic, also Cagayan.


Asian Glossy Starling   Aplonis panayensis

Subic, Bohol, Cebu, Cagayan.


Short-tailed Starling   Aplonis minor   Near-endemic

Good numbers on Kitanglad this year with a record 18+ seen on 23rd


Apo Myna   Basilornis mirandus   Near-threatened (NT)   Country endemic

Excellent to get 20+ birds from the high trail on Kitanglad


Coleto  Sarcops calvus   Country endemic

Up to 10 daily at Subic, 2 at Rajah Sikatuna, Bohol and few on Kitanglad.


Crested Myna   Acridotheres cristatellus introduced

Getting more numerous by the year. Candaba, Subic, Manila, Los Banos, enroute Luzon.


Eurasian Tree Sparrow   Passer montanus



Red-eared Parrotfinch   Erythrura coloria   Near-threatened (NT)   Country endemic

A superb male for good looks on Kitanglad.


Scaly-breasted Munia   Lonchura punctulata

A few at Los Banos.


White-bellied Munia   Lonchura leucogastra

Subic, Bohol and Kitanglad


Chestnut Munia   Lonchura atricapilla

fairly common



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