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Ruddy Kingfisher, Bilar, Bohol


Yellow-wattled Bulbul, Los Banos


Bar-bellied Cuckooshrike, Subic


Philippine Falconet, Makiling


Whiskered Treeswift, Kitanglad


Philippine Tarsier, Bohol


Philippine Eagle, Kitanglad


Philippine Trogon, Bohol


All bird photographs taken

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Stijn De Win

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B2A Philippines 2013

Luzon, Bohol, Cebu and Mindanao, 3-16 February


Participants; Jean-Francois Bourhis, Rick Franks, Sharon Bostick,

Frank Bills, Colin Lunt, Martin Käch. Tour leader; Stijn De Win


Candaba Marsh, Subic Bay, Mt. Makiling, Rajah Sikatuna NP,

Alcoy Nug-as Forest, Mt. Kitanglad


Our trip list of the main tour. Please note that birds seen on the Palawan extension are not included here.


Little Grebe   Tachybabtus ruficollis



Grey Heron   Ardea cinerea

100+ Candaba marsh, 1 on Cebu


Purple Heron   Ardea purpurea

Approx. 100 birds at Candaba, also seen from expressway on the 6th


Great Egret   Ardea alba

Candaba and few en-route Luzon


Intermediate Egret   Egretta intermedia

Seen on most tour dates


Little Egret   Egretta garzetta

Common except Kitanglad


Chinese Egret   Egretta eulophotes   Vulnerable (VU)

1 on coral flats near Baclayon, Bohol


Javan/Chinese Pond Heron Ardeola spec

Candaba marsh held 1 bird


Cattle Egret   Bubulcus ibis

Fairly common throughout.


Striated Heron  Butorides striata

Subic, 1 seen on Cebu and few on Bohol


Black-crowned Night-Heron   Nycticorax nycticorax

100+ Candaba


Rufous Night-Heron   Nycticorax caledonicus

1 seen perched near Baclayon, Bohol


Yellow Bittern   Ixobrychus sinensis

20+ Candaba, 1 enroute Cebu


Cinnamon Bittern   Ixobrychus cinnamomeus

3 Candaba


Wandering Whistling Duck   Dendrocygna arcuata

About 50 birds  Candaba.


Philippine Duck   Anas luzonica   Vulnerable (VU)   Near-endemic

50+ Candaba


Eurasian Teal   Anas crecca

50+ at Candaba


Northern Shoveler   Anas clypeata

2 Candaba


Tufted Duck   Aythya fuligula

About 35 birds Candaba


Common Pochard  Aythya ferina

1 at  Candaba (vagrant)


Steere’s Honey-buzzard   Pernis steerei  Country endemic

1 Mt. Makiling


Oriental Honey-buzzard   Pernis ptilorhynchus

1 + 3 birds Mt.Kitanglad


Black-shouldered Kite   Elanus caeruleus

2 sightings Kitanglad


Brahminy Kite   Haliastur indus

Fairly common throughout


Philippine Serpent-Eagle   Spilornis holospilus   Country endemic

Subic, Makiling, Bohol, 7 birds total seen


Eastern Marsh-Harrier   Circus spilonotus

A nice male at Candaba and another single seen on Kitanglad.


Crested Goshawk   Accipiter trivirgatus

1 seen perched on Kitanglad


Chinese Goshawk   Accipiter soloensis

1 Los Banos


Besra   Accipiter virgatus

Three sightings Makiling


Grey-faced Buzzard   Butastur indicus

Singles Makiling, Bohol and Kitanglad


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

A longer than usual wait on the Kitanglad viewpoint but we got rewarded. At about 13h30 we picked up the Eagle circling at a distance first, then watched it  flying over the hillside in our direction before it went to perch, -visible- on the hill opposite the viewpoint. After 20 minutes the bird took off again and went in a fast and straight glide, -downhill… seemingly away from the mountain and forest. Never seen it doing this. Shopping in the valley?


Rufous-bellied Eagle   Aquila kienerii

1 immature at Subic


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

1 seen well on Mt.Makiling


Pinsker’s Hawk-Eagle   Spizaetus pinskeri   Vulnerable (VU)   Country endemic

2 birds seen on Mt.Kitanglad, distinctly calling as well.


Philippine Falconet   Microhierax erythrogenys   Country endemic

2 + 1 at Subic and 1 on Mt.Makiling


Oriental Hobby   Falco severus

1 at Subic


Peregrine Falcon   Falco peregrinus

1 Makiling and 2 sightings  Kitanglad, all were ‘ernesti’ spp.


Blue-breasted Quail   Coturnix chinensis

heard Kitanglad


Red Junglefowl   Gallus gallus



Spotted Buttonquail   Turnix ocellatus   Country endemic

The dairy farm at Los Banos; finally 1 male showed on the track. We’re lucky as it looks like getting harder, I heard that  people have started missing it at this previously reliable stake-out for the species.


Barred Buttonquail   Turnix suscitator

A pair at IRRI, Los Banos and 1 female seen on Cebu


Buff-banded Rail   Gallirallus philippensis

Candaba and 2 birds at IRRI Los Banos, also Kitanglad


Barred Rail   Gallirallus torquatus   Near-endemic

A few daily at Subic and also seen Los Banos


Plain Bush-hen   Amaurornis olivacea   Country endemic

1 crossing the track at Los Banos dairy farm and heard daily on Kitanglad


White-breasted Waterhen   Amaurornis phoenicurus

Candaba, Subic


White-browed Crake    Porzana cinerea

About 5  at Candaba and 4 seen at a stop  enroute on Cebu


Purple [Philippine] Swamphen   Porphyrio porphyrio

Approx. 15 seen at Candaba Marsh


Common Moorhen   Gallinula chloropus

Few birds at Candaba and enroute on Cebu


Pheasant-tailed Jacana   Hydrophasianus chirurgus

1 imm. at Candaba Marsh.


Black-winged Stilt   Himantopus himantopus

Approx. 1000 birds seen at a stop on the shores of Laguna de Bay, also about 15 birds on Cebu


Oriental Pratincole   Glareola maldivarum

1 seen at  Candaba.


Grey Plover   Pluvialis squatarola

3 birds on the coral flats on Bohol


Little Ringed Plover   Charadrius dubius

20+ Laguna


Kentish Plover   Charadrius alexandrinus

Few Cebu and Bohol


Lesser Sandplover   Charadrius mongolus

Few Bohol coral flats


Greater Sandplover   Charadrius leschenaultii

About 20 Bohol coral flats


Bukidnon Woodcock   Scolopax bukidnonensis   Country endemic

Seen roding  first evening on Kitanglad. Traditionally recorded just about every evening and early morning at Del Monte lodge, Kitanglad; 2, 3, 1, 1 was the count of birds seen respectively.


Pintail Snipe   Galinago stenura

1 at Candaba


Whimbrel   Numenius phaeopus

3 birds on Bohol


Common Sandpiper   Actitis hypoleucos

Subic, Cebu, Bohol, Cagayan de Oro


Grey-tailed Tattler   Tringa brevipes

10 on the coral flats near Tagbiliran, Bohol and 1 seen on Cebu


Common Greenshank   Tringa nebularia

1 on Cebu


Wood Sandpiper   Tringa glareola

Candaba, Laguna, Cebu


Common Redhank   Tringa totanus

1 on Cebu


Ruddy Turnstone   Arenaria interpres

Approx. 10 birds on coral flats near Tagbiliran, Bohol.


Long-toed Stint   Calidris subminuta

4 Laguna near Manila


Black-headed Gull   Larus ridibundus

Few seen near Cebu port


Whiskered Tern   Chlidonias hybrida

Candaba, Bohol, Los Banos, Laguna and Cebu


Common Tern   Sterna hirundo

3 Bohol


Red Collared-Dove   Streptopelia tranquebarica

Common Candaba Marsh


Spotted Dove   Streptopelia chinensis

Candaba, Los Banos, Mt.Kitanglad, Cebu


Philippine Cuckoo-Dove   Macropygia tenuirostris   Near-endemic

2 sightings Subic, 2 birds at Rajah Sikatuna Bohol and seen once on Kitanglad


Emerald Dove   Chalcophaps indica

Couple sightings at Subic and Makiling


Zebra Dove   Geopelia striata

Candaba, Kitanglad, Bohol, Subic, Makiling.


White-eared Dove   Phapitreron leucotis   Country endemic

Regular encounters at most sites visited.


Pink-necked Pigeon   Treron vernans

A couple sightings on Bohol


Philippine Green-Pigeon   Treron axillarus  Country endemic

Daily sightings Subic Bay.


Yellow-breasted Fruit-Dove   Ptilinopus occipitalis   Country endemic

heard Subic and Bohol and  1 + 3 birds seen on Kitanglad


Black-chinned Fruit-Dove   Ptilinopus leclancheri   Near-endemic

1 seen Alcoy, Cebu. Heard Subic, Makiling, Bohol.


Green Imperial Pigeon   Ducula aenea

Regular sightings on all days at Subic and few on Bohol


Guaiabero   Bolbopsittacus lunulatus   Country endemic

Daily at Subic and Makiling.


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

5 and 12 seen on Kitanglad incl. good perched views


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

A few seen daily at Subic


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

3 seen at Subic, more heard


Philippine Hanging-Parrot   Loriculus philippensis   Country endemic

(Colasisi) 2 seen Subic and common on Mt. Kitanglad, few Bohol


Philippine Hawk-Cuckoo   Cuculus pectoralis   Country endemic

One seen Angano near Manila, 2 Alcoy Cebu and  heard Bohol and Makiling


Rusty-breasted Cuckoo   Cacomantis variolosus

Seen Bohol and  Kitanglad.


Philippine Drongo-Cuckoo   Surniculus velutinus   Country endemic

Seen twice Bohol.


Asian Koel   Eudynamys scolopaceus

Seen at Subic where more birds heard, and heard on 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

1 Makiling Botanical Garden, 1 in woodland at Los Banos dairy farm


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

Couple sightings at Subic, more heard.


Black-faced Coucal   Centropus melanops   Country endemic

Two sightings at Rajah Sikatuna Protected Landscape, Bohol.


Philippine Coucal   Centropus viridis   Country endemic

Seen Subic, Los Banos, Bohol, Cebu and Mt.Kitanglad


Lesser Coucal   Centropus bengalensis

Heard only at Candaba marsh


Philippine Scops-Owl   Otus megalotis   Country endemic

Heard Makiling, after quite a bit of effort on 2 occasions it seemed this bird was simply perched impossible/invisible high up in his stake-out tree.


Everett’s Scops-Owl   Otus everetti   Country endemic

Perfect day time looks/photos on Bohol.


Mindanao Eagle-Owl   Mimizuku gurneyi    Country endemic

Heard  on Mt.Kitanglad


Philippine Eagle-Owl   Bubo philippinesis   Vulnerable (VU)  Country endemic

Another day-time stake out, at Angano.


Philippine Hawk-Owl   Ninox philippensis   Country endemic

heard Subic


Philippine Frogmouth   Batrachostomus septimus   Country endemic

In the spotlight at close range on our first night at Kitanglad, heard on the other evenings.


Great Eared-Nightjar   Eurostopodus macrotis

Heard Subic and seen Kitanglad


Philippine Nightjar   Caprimulgus manillensis   Country endemic

Two birds at Subic and  1 bird seen Kitanglad.


Glossy Swiftlet   Collocalia esculenta

Commonly seen on Mindanao and Bohol.


Grey-rumped Swiftlet   Collocalia marginata  Country endemic

Common on Luzon- Subic, Mt.Makiling – Los Banos and Tabunan – Cebu.


Pygmy Swiftlet   Collocalia troglodytes   Country endemic

Plenty on Bohol, few Cebu


Philippine Swiftlet   Aerodramus mearnsi   Country endemic

3 birds seen on Mt.Kitanglad


Uniform Swiftlet   Aerodramus vanikorensis

Luzon, Bohol and Cebu


Purple Needletail   Hirundapus celebensis   Near-endemic

3 birds Subic. On Kitanglad, 40+ birds provided with a spectacle while shooting by very low and very close over the fields.


Asian Palm-Swift   Cypsiurus balasiensis



House Swift   Apus nipalensis

Several on the campus grounds at Los Banos


Whiskered Treeswift   Hemiprocne comata

5 Subic, 1 Makiling  and 3 Kitanglad


Philippine Trogon   Harpactes ardens   Country endemic

Remains quite common at Rajah Sikatuna, Bohol, where we saw 2 pairs and a single female.


Common Kingfisher   Alcedo atthis

5 Candaba, 1 Bohol, 1 Cebu


Indigo-banded Kingfisher   Alcedo cyanopectus   Country endemic

2 seen Makiling Botanical Garden


Silvery Kingfisher   Alcedo argentata   Vulnerable (VU)   Country endemic

Two sightings on Bohol.


Ruddy Kingfisher Halcyon coromanda

1 on stake-out at the butterfly garden, Bilar, Bohol


Brown-breasted Kingfisher   Halcyon gularis

Daily Subic and Makiling, 2 seen on Bohol


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

At Rajah Sikatuna, Bohol, 1 male first seen by a few of us before it disappeared, and later after much effort everyone got good views of the same bird.


Collared Kingfisher   Todiramphus chloris

Almost daily sightings.


Spotted Wood Kingfisher   Actenoides lindsayi   Country endemic

Heard at Subic, 1 male seen Makiling (despite track closed for visitors)


Rufous-crowned Bee-eater   Merops americanus

Common at Subic


Blue-tailed Bee-eater   Merops philippinus

Several noted at Candaba, also Bohol and Mindanao


Dollarbird   Eurystomus orientalis

1 at Subic Bay.


Luzon Hornbill   Penelopides manillae   Country endemic

Daily Subic and heard Mt.Makiling.


Samar Hornbill   Penelopides samarensis   Country endemic

1 sighting at Rajah Sikatuna, Bohol, more birds heard


Mindanao Hornbill   Penelopides affinis   Country endemic

A few daily Kitanglad


Coppersmith Barbet   Megalaima haemacephala

Subic, Makiling, heard Cebu


Philippine Woodpecker   Dendrocopos maculatus   Country endemic

Regular encounters at Subic and Makiling, Cebu and Kitanglad. Cebu’s maculatus looking a lot browner overall than the other subspecies.


White-bellied Woodpecker   Dryocopus javensis

Several sightings Subic, 1 Bohol and heard Kitanglad


Luzon Flameback   Chrysocolaptes haematribon

A few  daily Subic


Buff-spotted Flameback   Chrysocolaptes lucidus

2 sightings each on Bohol and Kitanglad


Sooty Woodpecker   Mulleripicus funebris   Country endemic

Pair + single + 2 birds  at Subic.


Visayan Broadbill   Eurylaimus samarensis   Vulnerable (VU)   Country endemic

Good views by everyone of a female at Rajah Sikatuna. Bohol.


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

Twice a bird seen hopping next to the trail at Rajah Sikatuna, Bohol.


Hooded Pitta   Pitta sordida

1 individual seen at AlcoyCebu.


Barn Swallow   Hirundo rustica

Seen daily


Pacific Swallow   Hirundo tahitica

Subic, Makiling, Bohol, Cebu


Striated Swallow  Cecropis striolata

Los Banos, Bohol, Mindanao


Oriental Skylark   Alauda gulgula

5+ at IRRI Los Banos


Oriental Pipit   Anthus rufulus

Subic, Bohol, Mt.Kitanglad, Makiling and Candaba.


Eastern Yellow Wagtail   Motacilla tschutschensis

Seen Candaba, Laguna and Kitanglad


Grey Wagtail   Motacilla cinerea

Almost daily sightings


Beer-bellied Cuckoo-shrike   Coracina striata

Fairly common at Subic,  few Rajah Sikatuna and Makiling


Blackish Cuckoo-shrike   Coracina coerulescens   Country endemic

A few daily at Subic


McGregor's Cuckoo-shrike  Coracina mcgregori   Near-threatened  Country endemic

3 sightings of 2 birds on Kitanglad


Pied Triller   Lalage nigra

Common in woodland habitats


Ashy Minivet   Pericrocotus divaricatus

Group at Subic and Makiling


Scarlet Minivet   Pericrocotus flammeus

Two sighting of a few birds on Bohol.


Yellow-wattled Bulbul   Pycnonotus urostictus   Country endemic

2 birds seen Los Banos, heard Subic, Bohol


Yellow-vented Bulbul   Pycnonotus goiavier



Philippine Bulbul   Ixos philippinus   Country endemic

Seen daily


Blue Rock-Thrush   Monticola solitarius

2 seen Subic Bay, near the airfield.


Eyebrowed Thrush   Turdus obscurus

1 seen on Makiling and up to 20 daily at Kitanglad


White-browed Shortwing   Brachypteryx montana

heard Kitanglad


Bright-capped Cisticola  Cisticola exilis

Los Banos. (Golden-headed Cisticola)


Zitting Cisticola   Cisticola juncidis



Long-tailed Ground-Warbler   Bradypterus caudatus   Country endemic

heard Kitanglad


Oriental Reed-Warbler   Acrocephalus orientalis



Glamorous Reed-Warbler   Acrocephalus stentoreus

3 seen Cebu, also active singing


Rufous-headed Tailorbird   Orthotomus heterolaemus   Country endemic

Two sightingsMt.Kitanglad, more heard


Philippine Tailorbird   Orthotomus castaneiceps   Country endemic

1 seen Subic, more heard


Rufous-fronted Tailorbird   Orthotomus frontalis   Country endemic

heard at Rajah Sikatuna


Grey-backed Tailorbird   Orthotomus derbianus   Country endemic

2 seen very well on Mt.Makiling.


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

1 male seen, more heard Rajah Sikatuna, Bohol.


Dusky Warbler   Phylloscopus fuscatus

1 seen and heard at Candaba, a very rare vagrant in Philippines


Arctic Warbler   Phylloscopus borealis

Seen Subic and Cebu


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 and Los Banos


Striated Grassbird   Megalurus palustris

Subic, Los Banos, Kitanglad


Rufous-tailed Jungle-Flycatcher   Rhinomyias ruficauda   Near-endemic

We found 1 of the endemic boholensis race at Rajah Sikatuna Protected Landscape.


Grey-streaked Flycatcher   Muscicapa griseisticta

Fairly common and regularly recorded throughout.


Mugimaki Flycatcher   Ficedula mugimaki

Male and female seen of this lovely winter visitor on Kitanglad.


Little Pied Flycatcher   Ficedula westermanni

Daily seen Mt.Kitanglad


Mountain Verditer Flycatcher   Eumyias panayensis   Near-endemic

Daily sightings at Mt.Kitanglad. (Island Flycatcher)


Mangrove Blue-Flycatcher   Cyornis rufigastra

Male and female seen at Subic and a male  at Nug-as forest, Cebu.


Siberian Rubythroat   Luscinia calliope

heard twice on Kitanglad


Oriental Magpie-Robin   Copsychus saularis

Only 2 seen, Alcoy Cebu


White-browed Shama   Copsychus luzoniensis   Country endemic

Good views of 1 bird at each Subic and Makiling, more heard


Black Shama   Copsychus cebuensis   Endangered (EN)   Country endemic

Traditionally seen within 5 minutes of arrival at Alcoy, with another bird seen later on and more heard.


Pied Bushchat   Saxicola caprata

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


(Visayan) Blue Fantail   Rhipidura superciliaris (samarensis)  Country endemic

Good close views of 1 bird at Rajah Sikatuna NP, few more heard.


Blue-headed Fantail   Rhipidura cyaniceps   Country endemic

We found 1 birds at Subic. A nice surprise as they aren’t common in Subic.


Black-and-cinnamon Fantail   Rhipidura nigrocinnamomea   Country endemic

Daily at Mt.Kitanglad. Stunner!


Fried Pantail   Rhipidura javanica

Alcoy, Bohol, Candaba, Subic and Cagayan de Oro.


Black-naped Monarch   Hypothymis azurea

Sightings at Subic, Cebu and Bohol


Yellow-bellied Whistler  Pachycephala philippinensis   Country endemic

Several sightings at Kitanglad and at Rajah Sikatuna Bohol.


White-vented Whistler  Pachycephala homeyeri   Near-endemic

1 bird showing well at Alcoy, Cebu, more heard


Striated Wren-Babbler   Ptilocichla mindanensis   Country endemic

1 + 2 seen Bohol


Black-crowned Babbler   Stachyris nigrocapitata  Country endemic

1 sighting at Rajah Sikatuna NP


Brown Tit-Babbler   Macronous striaticeps   Country endemic

Heard Bohol, daily seen Kitanglad


Golden-bellied Gerygone   Gerygone sulphurea

A few seen Subic (Flyeater)


Elegant Tit   Pardaliparus elegans   Country endemic

Subic, Makiling, Cebu and daily on Kitanglad.


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

The most tricky of the Subic targets was showing well for us (1 bird) in the treetops at Hill 394, Subic


Sulphur-billed Nuthatch   Sitta oenochlamys   Country endemic

A few sightings at Mt.Kitanglad


Stripe-sided Rhabdornis   Rhabdornis mysticalis   Country endemic

A total of 13 birds seen at Subic and Makiling combined.


Stripe-breasted Rhabdornis   Rhabdornis inornatus   Country endemic

1, 3 + 1 and 1 seen on our first 3 days at Kitanglad, however on our last morning we had an amazing group of 16 birds together… finally at last for me this species made up to its description in the Kennedy field guide; ‘sometimes roosts in large numbers’ and ‘gatherings recorded to feed on insects’. At Kitanglad, to see 5 or 6 together usually is the most you get.


Grey-throated Sunbird   Anthreptes griseigularis   Country endemic

1 sighting at Mt.Makiling.


Purple-throated Sunbird   Leptocoma sperata

Subic, Bohol, also at AlcoyCebu.


Olive-backed Sunbird   Cinnyris jugularis

Fairly common and seen regularly during the trip.


Grey-hooded Sunbird   Aethopyga primigenia   Country endemic

Up to 5 birds daily at Mt.Kitanglad.


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

Good sighting of a pair on Kitanglad.


Flaming Sunbird   Aethopyga flagrans   Country endemic

1 brief sighting on Mt.Makiling


Handsome Sunbird   Aethopyga bella   Country endemic

2 males showing very well at Alcoy, Cebu


Metallic-winged Sunbird   Aethopyga pulcherrima   Country endemic

heard Bohol


Eastern Crimson Sunbird   Aethopyga siparaja

A few males seen at Alcoy forest, Cebu


Olive-capped Flowerpecker   Dicaeum nigrilore   Country endemic

A few daily on Kitanglad


Red-striped Flowerpecker   Dicaeum australe   Country endemic

Kitanglad, Alcoy forest, Bohol and Makiling.


Orange-bellied Flowerpecker   Dicaeum trigonostigma

Several at Rajah Sikatuna,  Bohol and once at Kitanglad


Buzzing Flowerpecker   Dicaeum hypoleucum   Country endemic

fairly common  on Kitanglad.


Pygmy Flowerpecker   Dicaeum pygmaeum   Country endemic

Two sightings, 3 birds at Makiling


Fire-breasted Flowerpecker   Dicaeum ignipectum

Three seen on Kitanglad.


Lowland White-eye   Zosterops meyeni   Near-endemic

As usual performed very well on the Subic stake-out but also seen Angano and heard Los Banos.


Everett’s White-eye   Zosterops everetti

Few at Alcoy, Cebu and on Bohol


Yellowish White-eye   Zosterops nigrorum   Country endemic

1 bird showing very well at Mt.Makiling


Mountain White-eye  Zosterops montanus   Near-endemic

common on Mt.Kitanglad


Mindanao White-eye   Lophozosterops goodfellowi   Country endemic

2 + 1 seen Mt.Kitanglad. Also called Black-masked White-eye.


Cinnamon Ibon   Hypocryptadius cinnamomeus   Country endemic

5+ daily on Kitanglad


White-lored Oriole   Oriolus albiloris   Country endemic

Once in the right location at Subic, we could observe 3 birds as long as we wanted. Apparently this was a pair still feeding its fletched, fully grown youngster.


Black-naped Oriole   Oriolus chinensis

Subic, heard Bohol, seen Cebu


Philippine Fairy-bluebird   Irena cyanogastra  Near-threatened (NT)   Country endemic

2 showed brief but good almost at eye level at Rajah Sikatuna Bohol, where more were heard. Getting increasingly rare throughout (few few left at Picop) and it seems Bohol is now one of the best places to see it with the forests of Rajah Sikatuna NP a valuable and well protected stronghold for the species.


Brown Shrike   Lanius cristatus

common throughout and seen daily


Long-tailed Shrike   Lanius schach

Subic, Los Banos, Kitanglad, Cebu


Ashy Drongo   Dicrurus leucophaeus

We saw one at Subic, Ashy Drongo is very rare in Philippines outside of Palawan


Balicassiao   Dicrurus balicassius   Country endemic

Daily at Subic and Makiling.


Spangled Drongo   Dicrurus hottentottus

Plenty at Rajah Sikatuna on Bohol and 2 seen on Kitanglad.


White-breasted Woodswallow   Artamus leucorynchus

Rather common throughout.


Large-billed Crow   Corvus macrorhynchos

common at Subic, also Makiling, Bohol and Cebu


Asian Glossy Starling   Aplonis panayensis

Bohol and Cebu. The roost in Tagbiliran on Bohol still providing the usual spectacle in the evening on the town square. We estimated 4000 present this time.


Short-tailed Starling   Aplonis minor   Near-endemic

Up to 10 daily on Kitanglad.


White-shouldered Starling   Sturnus sinensis

6 birds of this scarce winterer at Candaba


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

3 + 1 + 2 seen on Kitanglad


Coleto  Sarcops calvus   Country endemic

Daily at Subic and seen at Loboc watershed reserve


Crested Myna   Acridotheres cristatellus



Eurasian Tree Sparrow   Passer montanus



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

A glimpse on Kitanglad.


Scaly-breasted Munia   Lonchura punctulata

A few at Los Banos.


White-bellied Munia   Lonchura leucogastra

Seen Bohol and a few on Kitanglad.


Chestnut Munia   Lonchura atricapilla

fairly common


Java Sparrow   Padda oryzivora   Introcuced

Single bird seen from the car at Candaba



Other notable wildlife;

-At least 50 Long-snouted Flipper Dolphins entertained passengers on the fast-ferry crossing Bohol to Cebu. And so did “August Rush”.

-Traditionally, Colugo was seen at Rajah Sikatuna, Bohol.

-And so were 6 Philippine Tarsiers on Bohol.

-Our dear tour-leader…

-A Philippine Cobra of about 1,2 meter was seen at Loboc Watershed, Bohol.

-I forgot who of us got the 1 leech recorded?

-Numerous newly hatched Spotted Water Snakes were on the trail at Rajah Sikatuna. Tiny and harmless!

-Home made ice-cream eh I meant butterflies at the Butterfly garden, yes, on Bohol again.

-Of course the bat colonies at Subic, and I guess we saw some monkeys there as well.

-Maybe not strictly regarded as wildlife... nevertheless, I should not forget the horses that carried our luggage, beer and ice up the mountain… thank you so much. Great work!


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