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Mt. Makiling

Date: Friday, May 5, 2006
Location: Mt. Makiling
Observers: Amado Bajarias and Lu-Ann Fuentes
Trip report and bird list author: Amado Bajarias

Spotted Wood-Kingfisher
Spotted Wood-Kingfisher

Got a beautiful male spotted wood-kingfisher by trailside. Finally observed that barbets make their calls using their throat muscles. Elegant tits seem to be courting: in one tree, males sang while vibrating their wings rapidly, in full view of what we assume to be females.


Got yellow-bellied whistler and yellow-wattled bulbul. The wild figs have dried out and nothing for the frugivores. Still have not sighted the pitta. Nor the ground-thrush. That's about 4 years now and counting.

An amazing sight: a female flaming sunbird perched on a slight branch held out its long curved bill, into which a male sunbird neatly placed an insect it had caught a moment before. Then they flew away together.

Plain-throated Sunbird
Plain-throated Sunbird

1. Crested Serpent-Eagle Spilornis cheela – heard only
2. Philippine Falconet Microhierax erythrogenys – 1 perched
3. White-eared Brown-Dove Phapitreron leucotis – 1 perched
4. Common Emerald-Dove Chalcophaps indica – 1 flyby
5. Scale-feathered Malkoha Phaenicophaeus cumingi – heard only
6. Red-crested Malkoha Phaenicophaeus superciliosus - 2
7. Philippine Coucal Centropus viridis – 1
8. Spotted Wood-Kingfisher Actenoides lindsayi – 1 male perched
9. Coppersmith Barbet Megalaima haemacephala – 2 seen, more heard
10. Philippine Pygmy Woodpecker Dendrocopos maculates - 3
11. Greater Flameback Chrysocolaptes lucidus – heard only
12. Blackish Cuckoo-shrike Coracina coerulescens – heard only
13. Black-and-White Triller Lalage melanoleuca – 1 seen perched
14. Yellow-wattled Bulbul Pycnonotus urostictus – 1 perched
15. Philippine Bulbul Hypsipetes philippinus – at least 5
16. Balicassiao Dicrurus balicassius - 6 seen, more heard
17. Elegant Tit Parus elegans – 10. some adults seen vibrating wings
rapidly while singing
18. Velvet-fronted Nuthatch Sitta frontalis - 6
19. Stripe-headed Rhabdornis Rhabdornis mystacalis - 8
20. White-browed Shama Copsychus luzoniensis – heard only
21. Black-naped Monarch Hypothymis azurea – 2 males, 1 female
22. Yellow-vented Whistler Pachycephala philippinensis – 1 perched
23. Plain-throated Sunbird Anthreptes malacensis – 1 pair
24. Flaming Sunbird Aethopyga flagrans – 2 males, 1 female
25. Red-keeled Flowerpecker Dicaeum australe – 1 male
26. Flowerpecker Dicaeum sp. – 1 female
27. Eurasian Tree Sparrow Passer montanus – at least 5