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Mount Makiling



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Candaba Marsh



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Subic Bay



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Mount Kitanglad



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Oriental Honey-Buzzard

Mt. Kitanglad



Philippine Falconet

Mount Kitanglad



Philippine Fruit-Bat

Subic Bay



Stripe-breasted Rhabdornis

Mt. Kitanglad



Philippine Macaque

Mt. Makiling



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Subic Bay



White-throated Kingfisher




Pitcher plant

Mt. Kitanglad



White-breasted Woodswallow

Subic Bay



Purple Heron

Candaba Marsh



Philippine Tarsier




Philippine Frogmouth

Mt. Kitanglad



Black-naped Fruit Dove




Philippine Fairy Bluebird








Spotted Wood Kingfisher

Mt. Makiling







Fire-breasted Flowerpecker

Mt. Kitanglad



Apo Myna

Mt. Kitanglad



Beer-bellied Cuckooshrike

Subic Bay



Barred Buttonquail

Mt. Makiling



Chinese Egret




Philippine Serpent Eagle

Subic Bay



Olive-capped Flowerpecker

Mt. Kitanglad




All bird photographs taken

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are opportunity shots by

Stijn De Win

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B2A – Philippines 2010

Mindanao, Cebu, Bohol & Luzon

16 February – 1 March


Trip list


Sound recordings and tour photos by Stijn De Win        Tour report  page 1  /  page 2


Grey Heron   Ardea cinerea

200+ birds at Candaba


Purple Heron   Ardea purpurea

200+ birds seen Candaba


Great Egret  Ardea alba

10+ at Candaba and few en-route Luzon


Intermediate Egret  Egretta intermedia

Seen Bohol and at Candaba Luzon.


Little Egret  Egretta garzetta

seen Bohol and Luzon


Chinese Egret  Egretta eulophotes   Vulnerable (VU)

4 birds of this threatened species performed well on the coral flats on Bohol en-route to Bilar on the morning of 22nd Feb.


Cattle Egret  Bubulcus ibis

Few seen Mindanao but daily Bohol and Luzon.


Striated Heron  Butorides striata

Singles Bohol, Subic, Candaba.


Black-crowned Night-Heron  Nycticorax nycticorax

10+ en-route Luzon on 23rd and 300+ in colony at Candaba.


Rufous Night-Heron   Nycticorax caledonicus

1 adult in mangroves near Tagbiliran, Bohol.


Yellow Bittern   Ixobrychus sinensis

5+ seen at Candaba Marsh


Cinnamon Bittern  Ixobrychus cinnamomeus

3 birds seen at Candaba


Eurasian Teal  Anas crecca

Very scarce winterer in Philippines but we recorded 3 birds at Candaba.


Philippine Duck  Anas luzonica  Vulnerable (VU)  Near-endemic

Approx. 25 birds for great looks at Candaba Marsh


Garganey  Anas querquedula

4 seen Candaba Marsh


Tufted Duck  Aythya fuligula

99 birds in flock at Candaba Marsh


Oriental Honey-buzzard  Pernis ptilorhynchus

The odd looking philippensis subspecies with very rufous underparts seen on Mt.Kitanglad for great looks and again briefly at Mt.Makiling.


Brahminy Kite  Haliastur indus

Fairly common throughout.


Philippine Serpent-Eagle  Spilornis holospilus  Country endemic

Fairly common and seen Kitanglad, Bohol and Luzon. Perfect perched views at Subic.


Eastern Marsh-Harrier  Circus spilonotus

Another very scarce winterer in Philippines picked-up at Candaba Marsh.


Crested Goshawk  Accipiter trivirgatus

Seen twice on Mt.Kitanglad.


Chinese Goshawk  Accipiter soloensis

A nice adult seen Subic and a juv. perched Mt.Makiling mobbed by Yellowish White-eye and Plain-throated Sunbird.


Besra  Accipiter virgatus

1 at Rajah Sikatuna NP, Bohol.


Grey-faced Buzzard  Butastur indicus

Seen twice on Mt.Makiling.


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

The "Great Philippine Monkey-eating Eagle" performed for us low above the canopy after a 2 hour wait on our first day at the viewpoint on Mt.Kitanglad.


Rufous-bellied Eagle  Aquila kienerii

A nice bonus to pick up in Philippines, the Hill 394 track at Subic did the trick for us.


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

A distant one scoped from the viewpoint on Mt.Kitanglad remained the only sighting of the trip.


Philippine Falconet  Microhierax erythrogenys  Country endemic

Seen couple times at Kitanglad, then again by the nest hole with squeaky young birds at Subic and a pair on Mt.Makiling.


Blue-breasted Quail  Coturnix chinensis

1 bird flushed and dropped again in rice fields at Candaba.


Red Junglefowl  Gallus gallus

Good views of female and a pair at Subic, heard and briefly seen Makiling.


Spotted Buttonquail  Turnix ocellatus  Country endemic

A single bird, then a pair crossed the track by the dairy farm at Makiling on 27th, then on 28th we got a surprise pair in a nearby location for prolonged close looks in the open on the road.


Barred Buttonquail  Turnix suscitator

A fresh ploughed field at Makiling attracted 6 birds on 27th and 4 on 28th for great looks and photos.


Barred Rail  Gallirallus torquatus  Near-endemic

Brief view of 1 bird at Tabunan, Cebu, then 4 sightings of 1 or 2 birds at Makiling and also commonly heard, incl. Subic.


Plain Bush-hen  Amaurornis olivacea  Country endemic

2 birds seen in the open, crossing a field at Makiling.


White-breasted Waterhen  Amaurornis phoenicurus

4 at Candaba, 2 birds Makiling


White-browed Crake    Porzana cinerea

2 birds for good looks at Candaba


Purple [Philippine] Swamphen  Porphyrio porphyrio

A good count of 20 birds at Candaba Marsh. Rare in Philippines and sometimes split as Philippine Swamphen.


Common Moorhen  Gallinula chloropus

Approx. 10 birds at Candaba.


Pheasant-tailed Jacana   Hydrophasianus chirurgus

Nice to pick-up 5 birds at Candaba Marsh.


Greater Painted-snipe  Rostratula benghalensis

1 bird seen from the car in flight dropped into a rice field on Bohol.


Black-winged Stilt  Himantopus himantopus

Few en-route Luzon.


Oriental Pratincole  Glareola maldivarum

Heard at Candaba.


Pacific Golden-Plover  Pluvialis fulva

1 bird only, on the coral flats on Bohol.


Snowy Plover  Charadrius alexandrinus

4 birds seen Bohol


Lesser Sandplover  Charadrius mongolus

2 birds Bohol and 5 at Subic


Bukidnon Woodcock  Scolopax bukidnonensis  Country endemic

Good close looks in the spotlight once at the lodge on Kitanglad but recorded on all 4 days.


Common Snipe  Gallinago gallinago

Few seen Candaba


Whimbrel  Numenius phaeopus

2 birds near Tagbiliran, Bohol


Common Sandpiper  Actitis hypoleucos

Bohol and Subic


Grey-tailed Tattler  Tringa brevipes

Always nice to get this one and we had a good count with 6 birds on coral flats near Tagbiliran, Bohol.


Wood Sandpiper  Tringa glareola

4 birds at Candaba


Whiskered Tern  Chlidonias hybrida

Manila airport!, Bohol, en-route Luzon, and Laguna near Makiling.


Common Tern  Sterna hirundo

10+ birds seen off-shore Bohol.


Island Collared-Dove  Streptopelia bitorquata

1 bird of this very scarce species seen at Candaba Marsh was a nice bonus.


Red Collared-Dove  Streptopelia tranquebarica

Few at Candaba Marsh


Spotted Dove  Streptopelia chinensis



Philippine Cuckoo-Dove  Macropygia tenuirostris  Near-endemic

2 + 3 birds seen Kitanglad and 1 at Subic


Emerald Dove  Chalcophaps indica

Several seen Bohol, Subic and Makiling.


Zebra Dove  Geopelia striata

Regularly recorded. Kitanglad, Bohol, Subic, Makiling.


Mindanao Bleeding-heart  Gallicolumba crinigera  Endangered (EN)  Country endemic

Perhaps 'the' surprise of the trip was a bird flushed at Rajah Sikatuna NP, it then dropped again to the forest floor after just 5m flight, typical for Bleeding-heart doves, and dissapeared running in the undergrowth.


White-eared Dove  Phapitreron leucotis  Country endemic

Regularly recorded Kitanglad, Bohol, Subic and Makiling.


Pink-necked Pigeon  Treron vernans

1 bird perched in mangroves near Tagiliran, Bohol


Green Imperial-Pigeon   Ducula aenea

Common at Subic Bay.


Pompadour [Philippine] Green-Pigeon  Treron pompadora

Fairly common at Subic.


Yellow-breasted Fruit-Dove  Ptilinopus occipitalis  Country endemic

Seen at Kitanglad and Subic.


Black-chinned Fruit-Dove   Ptilinopus leclancheri  Near-endemic

Scope views and photographed both at Corella-Bohol and Mt.Makiling.


Guaiabero  Bolbopsittacus lunulatus  Country endemic

Regular sightings on all days at Subic and seen once Makiling.


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

3 + 1 bird seen from Eagle viewpoint Kitanglad


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

1 bird on 24th, Subic and no less than 6 birds incl. some good perched views at Subic on 25th Feb.


Blue-crowned Racquet-tail  Prioniturus discurus  Country endemic

Pretty rare everywhere in Philippines now so it was nice to pick them up at Rajah Sikatuna Protected Landscape even if our record remained heard only in the end.


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

Good numbers seen at Subic.


Philippine Hanging-Parrot  Loriculus philippensis  Country endemic

Fairly common throughout. (Colasisi)


Philippine Hawk-Cuckoo   Cuculus pectoralis  Country endemic

Good views twice at Mt.Makiling, heard Kitanglad.


Brush Cuckoo  Cacomantis variolosus

Seen Kitanglad and Tabunan-Cebu, heard Bohol.


Philippine Drongo-Cuckoo  Surniculus velutinus  Country endemic

Heard Bohol and 1 seen Mt.Makiling.


Asian Koel  Eudynamys scolopaceus

Heard Subic only.


Red-crested Malkoha  Phaenicophaeus superciliosus  Country endemic

Seen on 2 dates at Subic and once on Mt.Makiling.


Scale-feathered Malkoha  Phaenicophaeus cumingi  Country endemic

Seen on both mornings at Mt.Makiling. On our second morning this species was heard at 4 different spots and 1 birds performed so brilliantly it just posed for 'the' photo of the trip. (see report)


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

Up to 4 groups encountered daily at Subic.


Black-faced Coucal  Centropus melanops  Country endemic

4 sightings of this superb species at Rajah Sikatuna Protected Landscape, Bohol.


Philippine Coucal  Centropus viridis   Country endemic

Seen at Kitanglad, Tabunan and Subic


Philippine Scops-Owl  Otus megalotis  Country endemic

At Rajah Sikatuna, Bohol, 1 bird started calling early, some time before dusk, then again at dusk before flying overhead across the clearing and high up the opposite slope.


Mindanao Scops-Owl  Otus mirus    Country endemic

Heard distant at lodgeMt. Kitanglad were nearly impossible to get.


Mindanao Eagle-Owl  Mimizuku gurneyi    Country endemic

Heard at lodgeMt. Kitanglad, at 01h40!


Philippine Hawk-Owl  Ninox philippensis  Country endemic

Common at Subic and we got 1 bird for good views in the spotlight in no time with 3 others heard nearby. Also heard Makiling.


Philippine Frogmouth   Batrachostomus septimus  Country endemic

The regular bird at Delmonte lodge, Kitanglad, was good enough for prolonged photo sessions!


Great Eared-Nightjar  Eurostopodus macrotis

3 birds in the clearing at Rajah Sikatuna Bohol and 1 at Subic, also heard Kitanglad.


Philippine Nightjar   Caprimulgus manillensis  Country endemic

3 sightings at Subic where it flushed quickly from the road 2 times before we found 1 perched on a pole for great looks. Heard Makiling.


Glossy Swiftlet  Collocalia esculenta



Pygmy Swiftlet  Collocalia troglodytes  Country endemic

Tabunan, Cebu and Rajah Sikatuna, Bohol.


Philippine Swiftlet   Aerodramus mearnsi  Country endemic

Seen on all our days at Mt.Kitanglad.


Uniform Swiftlet  Aerodramus vanikorensis

Cebu and Bohol.


Purple Needletail  Hirundapus celebensis   Near-endemic

2 birds seen Subic, then 8 + 1 birds at Makiling


Asian Palm-Swift   Cypsiurus balasiensis

Seen at Makiling only.


Fork-tailed Swift   Apus pacificus

3 birds at Makiling on our last day


Whiskered Treeswift   Hemiprocne comata

Sightings at Kitanglad and Subic.


Philippine Trogon  Harpactes ardens  Country endemic

A pair and a female at Rajah Sikatuna, Bohol and heard Makiling.


Common Kingfisher   Alcedo atthis

1 seen Subic and 3 birds Candaba


Indigo-banded Kingfisher  Alcedo cyanopectus  Country endemic

The botanical garden at Makiling had been closed to visitors for months but we got special permission to enter and this got us brilliant scope views of 1 bird.


Silvery Kingfisher  Alcedo argentata  Vulnerable (VU)  Country endemic

Delicate colours on the 'Silvery' make this little gem a good candidate for best Kingfisher in the world! We saw and photographed the same bird at Rajah Sikatuna, Bohol, on 2 dates.


White-throated Kingfisher  Halcyon smyrnensis

Few on Bohol, Subic and Makiling.


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

No birds responded at a couple locations with birds around in previous years but Ryan got us to a new stake-out were we got a male for scope views in no time with the female calling nearby.


Collared Kingfisher  Todiramphus chloris



Spotted Wood Kingfisher  Actenoides lindsayi  Country endemic

Superb scope views of a male at Makiling with more birds heard at various spots along the summit track and brief views of another bird on our last day.


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

At Mt.Kitanglad, increasingly difficult and now missed by most groups according to Carlito. We were lucky, after some significant effort though, to find a responsive male that gave itself away perched for a minute in the open twice.


Blue-throated Bee-eater  Merops viridis

50+ birds in a breeding colony en-route on Mindanao was a nice sight and of course these birds ad plenty colour to any visit in Subic Bay.


Blue-tailed Bee-eater  Merops philippinus

Several noted Bohol, Candaba and Makiling.


Dollarbird  Eurystomus orientalis

4 birds seen total at Subic Bay.


Luzon Hornbill  Penelopides manillae  Country endemic

Up to 10 birds daily at Subic and also a few daily on Mt.Makiling.


Samar Hornbill  Penelopides samarensis  Country endemic

2 birds seen on our first day at Rajah Sikatuna, Bohol with another bird seen next day and plenty more heard in the reserve.


Mindanao Hornbill  Penelopides affinis  Country endemic

Brief views of 2 birds on arrival at Delmonte lodge, Kitanglad. Heard only for the next 2 days and 1 bird perched in the open for 1 hour! during our last lunch at the lodge.


Coppersmith Barbet  Megalaima haemacephala

2 birds of the 'red-headed' and endemic 'cebuensis' subspecies seen at Tabunan, Cebu. Heard at Kitanglad and several sightings at Subic and Makiling.


Philippine Woodpecker   Dendrocopos maculatus  Country endemic

Seen Bohol, Subic and Makiling. Also heard Kitanglad and Tabunan.


White-bellied Woodpecker  Dryocopus javensis

1 seen Rajah Sikatuna, Bohol and up to 3 sightings daily at Subic Bay.


Greater Flameback  Chrysocolaptes lucidus

3 endemic subspecies seen; spp. montanus, 1 seen Kitanglad ; spp. rufopunctatus, 2 birds seen Bohol ; spp. haematribon, 3 seen Subic


Sooty Woodpecker  Mulleripicus funebris  Country endemic

A good 6 birds seen on our second day at Subic and another bird on our last morning.


Visayan Broadbill   Eurylaimus samarensis  Vulnerable (VU)  Country endemic

We had brilliant eye-level scope views of a female on our last morning at Rajah Sikatuna NP, this bird was in a group of possibly 5 individuals and it was great to hear and sound-record their calls incl. "bill-snapping"


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

Perfect close views of 1 bird at Rajah Sikatuna as it sat eye-level and in the open on a branch. Later the same bird picked up again for scope views sitting still for 20 min. in the understory up a nearby slope. (Steere’s Pitta)


Hooded Pitta  Pitta sordida

Heard Bohol, Subic and Makiling.


Plain Martin  Riparia paludicola

A bird overhead was another nice addition for the Subic site list.


Barn Swallow  Hirundo rustica



Pacific Swallow   Hirundo tahitica

Fairly common Bohol, Subic, Makiling.


Striated Swallow Cecropis striolata

Single bird Mindanao, seen Subic and quite a few at Makiling.


Oriental Pipit  Anthus rufulus

Mt.Kitanglad, Subic and Makiling.


Olive-backed Pipit  Anthus hodgsoni

1 bird seen Mt.Makiling


White Wagtail  Motacilla alba

Rare in Philippines but the runway edges at Manila airport held 2 birds.


Eastern Yellow Wagtail  Motacilla tschutschensis

Seen daily Kitanglad, once on Bohol and several at Candaba.


Grey Wagtail  Motacilla cinerea

Kitanglad, Bohol and Los Banos.


Bar-bellied Cuckoo-shrike  Coracina striata

A few seen Rajah Sikatuna and 10+ birds daily in Subic.


Blackish Cuckoo-shrike  Coracina coerulescens   Country endemic

Seen on 2 dates at Subic, resp. 3 and 2 birds.


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

1 + 2 birds seen Kitanglad


Black-winged Cuckoo-shrike  Coracina melaschistos

Only 1 confirmed record in Philippines, from 2004!!! We were lucky to find a pair for good scope views along the track to Hill 394, Subic, on 24 Feb. This second ever record for Philippines sent in to Philippines records committee.


Pied Triller  Lalage nigra

Kitanglad, Tabunan, Bohol and Subic.


Ashy Minivet   Pericrocotus divaricatus

A group of 20+ birds on our last morning at Makiling.


Scarlet Minivet   Pericrocotus flammeus

A pair seen Rajah Sikatuna Protected Landscape, Bohol.


Yellow-wattled Bulbul  Pycnonotus urostictus   Country endemic

3 brief sightings on Bohol and seen well Makiling, more heard.


Yellow-vented Bulbul  Pycnonotus goiavier



Philippine Bulbul  Ixos philippinus  Country endemic

Seen on every single day of the tour.


Streak-breasted Bulbul   Ixos siquijorensis   Endangered (EN)  Country endemic

Heard only at Tabunan, Cebu.


Blue Rock-Thrush  Monticola solitarius

1 seen Subic Bay


Eyebrowed Thrush  Turdus obscurus

Common this year at Kitanglad, up to 40 birds daily.


White-browed Shortwing  Brachypteryx montana

A brief sighting at Kitanglad, more heard.


Zitting Cisticola  Cisticola juncidis

Seen Bohol and Candaba.


Long-tailed Ground-Warbler  Bradypterus caudatus  Country endemic

Few birds heard Kitanglad, Stijn and Danny saw a bird cross the trail.


Oriental Reed-Warbler   Acrocephalus orientalis

1 seen Subic, 3 at Candaba


Rufous-headed Tailorbird  Orthotomus heterolaemus  Country endemic

Seen on 3 datesMt. Kitanglad.


Philippine Tailorbird  Orthotomus castaneiceps  Country endemic

Not always easy to get into view but 2 birds performed very well in Subic.


Rufous-fronted Tailorbird  Orthotomus frontalis  Country endemic

A single, then 2 birds seen Rajah Sikatuna, plenty more heard.


Grey-backed Tailorbird  Orthotomus derbianus  Country endemic

Heard only Makiling apart from a few glimpses on tape playback response.


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.


Arctic Warbler  Phylloscopus borealis

Seen twice on Kitanglad and 1 bird Makiling.


Mountain Warbler   Phylloscopus trivirgatus

Common on Mt.Kitanglad.


Philippine Leaf-Warbler   Phylloscopus olivaceus  Country endemic

Regular encounters Bohol, 1 bird seen Subic.


Tawny Grassbird   Megalurus timoriensis

Several seen Kitanglad, Tabunan and Makiling.


Striated Grassbird  Megalurus palustris



Chestnut-tailed Jungle-Flycatcher  Rhinomyias ruficauda  Near-endemic

Rarely seen outside of the Philippines (supposed to be on Borneo) and certainly also uncommon here, we did a good job to find the endemic boholensis race for good looks at Rajah Sikatuna Protected Landscape. Also called Rufous-tailed Jungle-Flycatcher.


Grey-streaked Flycatcher  Muscicapa griseisticta

Fairly common and regularly recorded throughout.


Mugimaki Flycatcher  Ficedula mugimaki

Not quite regular in Philippines but seemed to have arrived in good numbers on Mt.Kitanglad this winter as we encountered this species twice.


Snowy-browed Flycatcher  Ficedula hyperythra

1 bird heard only Mt.Kitanglad


Little Pied Flycatcher  Ficedula westermanni

2 males and a female seen Mt.Kitanglad


Mountain Verditer Flycatcher  Eumyias panayensis  Near-endemic

Plenty sightings at Mt.Kitanglad. (Island Flycatcher)


Mangrove Blue-Flycatcher  Cyornis rufigastra

2 birds seen Tabunan forest, Cebu.


Oriental Magpie-Robin  Copsychus saularis

Few seen, Bohol, Subic, Makiling.


White-browed Shama  Copsychus luzoniensis  Country endemic

Ever elusive and it took some work but we had good looks of 1 perched in the open in the end. Plenty heard at both Subic and Makiling.


Black Shama  Copsychus cebuensis   Endangered (EN)  Country endemic

At least 2 different birds and quite a few appearances at Tabunan forest, Cebu.


Pied Bushchat  Saxicola caprata

Kitanglad and Candaba.


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. Beauty and must rank high on the list of best Fantail.


Fried Pantail  Rhipidura javanica

Few seen, Tabunan, Bohol and Candaba.


Black-naped Monarch  Hypothymis azurea

Sightings at Kitanglad, Tabunan, Subic and Makiling.


Rufous Paradise-Flycatcher  Terpsiphone cinnamomea  Country endemic

1 bird on our first morning at Makiling followed by another 2 on our second morning. Always a favourite but not so easy to pick up, key is to know the sound.


White-vented Whistler  Pachycephala homeyeri  Country endemic

Always a good bonus for the list to get at Tabunan forest, Cebu, where we got 3 birds.


Yellow-bellied Whistler  Pachycephala philippinensis  Country endemic

Couple sightings at Kitanglad and seen daily at Rajah Sikatuna Bohol.


Striated Wren-Babbler  Ptilocichla mindanensis  Country endemic

1 bird crossed the trail on our first morning at Rajah Sikatuna and 3 birds performed surprisingly well on our last morning along the Tarictic trail.


Black-crowned Babbler  Stachyris nigrocapitata  Country endemic

Up to 5 seen daily at Rajah Sikatuna.


Brown Tit-Babbler  Macronous striaticeps  Country endemic

Several sightings at both Kitanglad and Rajah Sikatuna.


Golden-bellied Gerygone  Gerygone sulphurea

Two birds seen by the nest at Subic, heard in mangroves on Bohol. (Flyeater)


Elegant Tit  Pardaliparus elegans  Country endemic

Up to 5+ birds daily at Mt. Kitanglad, seen twice Subic and heard Makiling.


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

Always hard to get but we picked up 1 on sound along the Hill 394 track at Subic, which we followed a couple hunderd meters as it travelled through the canopy and eventually gave us a couple views.


Sulphur-billed Nuthatch  Sitta oenochlamys  Country endemic

A couple sightings daily at Mt.Kitanglad.


Stripe-sided Rhabdornis  Rhabdornis mysticalis  Country endemic

Fairly common at Subic and also a couple sightings on Mt.Makiling.


Stripe-breasted Rhabdornis  Rhabdornis inornatus   Country endemic

Pretty scarce and always a highlight, we saw 2 birds on each of both our full days at Kitanglad of which 1 performed very well low in a bush at the Eagle viewpoint.


Plain-throated Sunbird  Anthreptes malacensis

Plenty sightings at Mt.Makiling.


Purple-throated Sunbird  Leptocoma sperata

Not endemic but always a delight and we got 1 bird of this beautiful species for good looks at Makiling.


Olive-backed Sunbird  Cinnyris jugularis

Fairly common and seen on most dates of the trip.


Grey-hooded Sunbird   Aethopyga primigenia  Country endemic

Quite a few sightings at Mt.Kitanglad.


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

A pair seen on the high trail at Mt.Kitanglad.


Metallic-winged Sunbird  Aethopyga pulcherrima  Country endemic

A male at Rajah Sikatuna NP, Bohol.


Handsome Sunbird  Aethopyga bella  Country endemic

1 seen Mt. Makiling


Eastern Crimson Sunbird  Aethopyga siparaja

2 birds at Tabunan forest, Cebu


Striped Flowerpecker  Dicaeum aeruginosum   Country endemic

Several sightings at Makiling, heard Tabunan [Thick-billed Flowerpecker]


Olive-capped Flowerpecker   Dicaeum nigrilore   Country endemic

5+ daily at Kitanglad


Bicolored Flowerpecker  Dicaeum bicolor  Country endemic

A nice pair at Loboc Watershed, Bohol and a female at Rajah Sikatuna.


Red-striped Flowerpecker  Dicaeum australe  Country endemic

Fairly common, lower reaches of Mt.Kitanglad, Tabunan forest, Bohol and Makiling.


Orange-bellied Flowerpecker  Dicaeum trigonostigma

1 seen Loboc Watershed reserve, Bohol.


Pygmy Flowerpecker  Dicaeum pygmaeum  Country endemic

1 bird seen feeding in flowers Subic and daily sightings at Makiling.


Buzzing Flowerpecker  Dicaeum hypoleucum   Country endemic

Two sightings on Mt. Kitanglad.


Fire-breasted Flowerpecker   Dicaeum ignipectum

Quite a few birds seen Kitanglad.


Lowland White-eye  Zosterops meyeni  Near-endemic

2 birds seen Subic and 2 + 1 bird Los Banos campus grounds.


Everett's White-eye  Zosterops everetti

Several seen Rajah Sikatuna.


Yellowish White-eye  Zosterops nigrorum  Country endemic

Not easy to get and a nice bonus for us at Makiling. Our first bird was busy to mob a Chinese Goshawk with 2 more birds seen at the mud springs.


Mountain White-eye  Zosterops montanus  Near-endemic

Very (extremely!) common at Mt.Kitanglad.


Mindanao White-eye   Lophozosterops goodfellowi  Country endemic

4 birds total seen on higher reaches of Mt.Kitanglad. Also called Black-masked White-eye.


Cinnamon Ibon   Hypocryptadius cinnamomeus  Country endemic

Up to 5+ birds seen daily at Kitanglad. These 'very' nice birds not done any justice on the plates in 'A guide to the birds of the Philippines'. But at least they got the name right and beautiful with "Cinnamon Ibon" as a bit of honour to the Philippine language and people won't harm anyone! (Ibon is the Tagalog word for 'bird' while Cinnamon White-eye is used by for example Clements check list.)


White-lored Oriole  Oriolus albiloris  Country endemic

Very hard to get these days at Subic and missed by most groups I reckon. We did hear 1 distant and a freshly made sound recording did the trick to bring in a brilliant pair for good looks!


Philippine Oriole   Oriolus steerii  Country endemic

We got good views of 1 bird after some work, this species is commonly heard at Rajah Sikatuna NP but always hard to get a view of as the dense foliage usually blocks most views into the higher canopy.


Black-naped Oriole   Oriolus chinensis

Seen Bohol but especially common at Subic.


Philippine Fairy-bluebird  Irena cyanogastra   Country endemic

Perfect eye-level views and also photographed at Rajah Sikatuna.


Brown Shrike   Lanius cristatus

common throughout


Long-tailed Shrike  Lanius schach

fairly common and seen at all sites


Mountain Shrike  Lanius validirostris  Near-threatened (NT)   Country endemic

Not regularly seen by visitors to Kitanglad but we got lucky with 2 birds on the high trail, picked up by sound at first.


Balicassiao  Dicrurus balicassius  Country endemic

2 birds of the white-bellied 'mirabilis' spp. at Tabunan forest, common (balicassius) at Subic and Makiling.


Spangled Drongo  Dicrurus bracteatus

Sightings at Kitanglad and Rajah Sikatuna. Exceptionally nice sounds from these birds on Bohol.


White-breasted Woodswallow  Artamus leucorynchus



Slender-billed Crow  Corvus enca

Only few, Subic Bay.


Large-billed Crow  Corvus macrorhynchos

common at Subic


Asian Glossy Starling  Aplonis panayensis

Several Tabunan, plenty on Bohol incl. (only) approx. 3000 on the roost at Tabiliran square.


Short-tailed Starling   Aplonis minor  Near-endemic

Up to at least 10 birds daily Kitanglad.


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

6+ birds seen and photographed on the high trail, Kitanglad


Coleto  Sarcops calvus   Country endemic

20+ Loboc Watershed reserve and common at Subic.


Crested Myna   Acridotheres cristatellus

few Subic


Eurasian Tree Sparrow  Passer montanus



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

Always difficult but after having heard and followed the faint calls for a while, Stijn picked up a beautiful male for scope views at Kitanglad.


White-bellied Munia  Lonchura leucogastra

A few seen on all dates at Kitanglad. Nice to get as difficult in mainland SE Asia (Thailand...)


Chestnut Munia  Lonchura atricapilla

fairly common


White-cheeked Bullfinch   Pyrrhula leucogenis  Country endemic

Perfect views of 4 birds that performed throughout while we had lunch on our first full day at Kitanglad.


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