Our Beautiful World

Kanlaon National Park, Philippines
Part one:
Working on this project October 2010
Prosjekt under utarbeidelse Oktober 2010


If you have no time or are too lazy to hike all the way up to Canlaon NP from Mambucal, try Waterfalls Trail instead (actually, I think it's part of the National Park). In fact, it is even better for low-elevation birds, flowerpeckers, sunbirds, frogs, civets etc.; you can even expect some really rare stuff, such as hornbills and shrews. It is also very beautiful. Watch for fruit bat colony, monitor lizards and kingfishers near the trailhead, and hike for few minutes back down along the access highway - rare Mearnsia picina swifts can be seen there. Viewpoints above the waterfalls can give you a chance to see shining upperparts of Hirundapus celebensis, world's most beautiful swifts.

In Bacolod, visit Negros Forest Foundation for a chance to see captive deer, wild pigs, bleeding-hearts, and hornbills.

(From Vladimir Dinet's web-site)

Flame-templed babbler (Stachyris speciosa)
© 2002 (Photograph by P. Heideman)
There are also 50 species of animals distributed into 40 genera, 81 species of butterflies
classified into 32 genera and belonging to four families, and 22 families of birds inside the
park. Among the birds is the Yellow-backed sunbird which is found only in four islands in
the CentralPhilippines (Sibuyan, Tablas, Panay, Negros, and Cebu).Other rare
and endangered birds in Kanlaon are the Blue-crowned racquet-tailed parrot (Prioniturus
discursus), Visayan tarictic hornbill (Penelopides panini), Flame-templed babbler
(Stachyris speciosa), White-winged cuckoo-shrike (Coracina ostenta), and White-throated
jungle flycatcher (Phinomyias albigularis). These birds inhabit the forest of the western portion
of the mountain.

Negros Bleeding-heart, Negros Fruit-dove, Spotted Imperial-pigeon, Philippine Cockatoo, Rufous-lored Kingfisher, Visayan Hornbill, Rufous-headed Hornbill, White-winged Cuckooshrike, Negros Striped-babbler, Flame-templed Babbler, White-throated Jungle-flycatcher and Visayan Flowerpecker

Now let's see what we can find out about the Wildlife here.
Work beginning October 7th, 2010

Negros Bleeding-heart, Gallicolumba keayi

The Negros Bleeding-heart, Gallicolumba keayi, is one of a number of species of ground doves in the genus
Gallicolumba that are called "bleeding-hearts". They get this name from a splash of vivid red color at the center
of their white breasts. The local name for this species is punalada. Like all bleeding-hearts, the Negros Bleeding-heart
is endemic to the Philippines where it is found on the islands of Negros and Panay.

This species has an extremely small, severely fragmented population. Continuing rates of forest loss on the two islands
where it occurs suggest that it will continue to decline, thereby qualifying it as critically endangered.
Text: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Negros_Bleeding-heart

More about Negros Bleeding-heart Click here


Visayan wrinkled hornbill, Aceros waldeni

Photo: Callan Bentley

The Rufous-headed Hornbill, Aceros waldeni, also known as the Visayan Wrinkled Hornbill, Walden's Hornbill or
Writhed-billed Hornbill, is a critically endangered species of hornbill living in the rainforests on the islands of Negros
and Panay in the Philippines. It is closely related to the Writhed Hornbill, but can be recognized by the yellow throat
and ocular skin in the male, and the blue throat and ocular skin in the female (both throat and ocular skin are deep
orange or red in both sexes of the Writhed Hornbill).
Its binomial name commemorates the Scottish ornithologist Viscount Walden.

ARKive video - Visayan wrinkled hornbill - overview

Visayan wrinkled hornbill, Aceros waldeni - Overview
Baylis & Fletcher

Rainforests with abundant fruit-bearing trees are the natural habitat of these birds. The Rufous-headed Hornbills live in
small groups and are noisy. The Rufous-headed Hornbills use natural or carved-out hollows in tree trunks for its nest.
As other hornbills, they reproduce very slowly.

It is presumed extinct on Guimaras and now survives only on Negros and Panay. The total population has been estimated
at less than 160, though recent work from the Central Panay Mountain Range suggests 600-700 pairs may remain there.
No recent figures are available for Negros, where it may be functionally extinct.


Visayan Tarictic Hornbill, Penelopides panini

Visayan tarictic hornbill (Penelopides panini)
© 2002 (Photograph by P. Heideman)

The Visayan Tarictic Hornbill (Penelopides panini) is a hornbill found in rainforests on the islands of Panay, Negros, Masbate, and Guimaras, and formerly Ticao, in the Philippines.

Tarictic Hornbill chick surrendered to researchers in Panay, Philippines.This is a highly endangered species.
The total population is estimated at 1800 individuals. There has been a heavy decline in population due to hunting and
loss of habitat caused by deforestation. The subspecies ticaensis was described as "abundant" in 1905, but almost
the entire forest on the island was replaced by plantations and settlements in the 20th century.

More about Tarictic Hornbill Click here

White-winged Cuckoo-shrike, Coracina ostenta

White-winged Cuckooshrike, Coracina ostenta, is a species of bird in the Campephagidae family.
It is endemic to the Philippines.

This species is listed as Vulnerable because it is undergoing a rapid and continuing population decline as a result of
extensive forest loss at low to mid-altitudes within its range.

White-winged Cuckoo-shrike, Coracina ostenta
Photo: Not found

Population estimate: 10,000-19,999, Population trend: decreasing
Range estimate (breeding/resident): 23,500 km2

Coracina ostenta is endemic to the Western Visayas in the Philippines, where it is known from Panay, Negros
and Guimaras. Formerly widespread on Negros, it is now restricted to seven known localities, although it is still locally
common. It appears much scarcer on Panay, where there are recent records from just three localities in the west.
It is presumed extinct on Guimaras, where it has not been recorded for over a century. Given that Panay and Negros
are largely deforested in the lowlands, it is inferred that it occupies a small, fragmented range.
Text from BirdLife International (2010) Species factsheet: Coracina ostenta.
Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 7/10/2010

More about White-winged Cuckoo-shrike Click here

Elegant sunbird, Aethopyga duyvenbodei

Population estimate: 19,000 - 43,800. Population trend: decreasing
Range estimate (breeding/resident): 560 km2

This sunbird is now confined to one very small island, where its population is severely fragmented.
Although it can persist in degraded habitats, it is suspected to be undergoing a continuing decline as both primary
and secondary habitats are being lost through human encroachment. It therefore qualifies as Endangered.
Text from BirdLife International (2010) Species factsheet: Aethopyga duyvenbodei.
Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 7/10/2010

More about the Elegant Sunbird - click here
still working on the following
any hints to pictures / video welcome

almaciga, red and white lauan, tanguile, igem
Rafflesia Speciosa (tree)

round leaf bat
rough backed forest frog

visayan spotted deer
Spotted Wood Kingfisher
Philippine Pit Viper worlds second deadliest snake
Calanthe elmeri , orkide Dipteris conjugate , fern

Visayan pig (S. cebifrons),
Visayan deer(Cervus alfredi
Tamaraw (Bubalus mindorensis
Gray's monitor (Varanus olivaceous), World's only frugivorous lizard.
Flying lemurs (Cynocephalus volans
Philippine tarsier, Tarsier Sanctuary, Bohol
Philippine needletail, (Mearnsia picina),Mambucal, Negros.
Mindanao Bleeding-heart, Gallicolumba criniger , Mindoro Bleeding-heart, Gallicolumba platenae
and the Sulu Bleeding-heart, Gallicolumba menagei , all threatened

Kingfishers of the Philippines: 1-Actenoides lindsayi, 2-A. hombroni, 3-Halcyon capensis, 4-H. chloris, 5-H. smyrnensis, 6-H. coromanda, 7-H. pileata, 8.-H. winchelli, 9-Alcedo atthis, 10-A. meninting, 11-A. cyanopectus, 12-A. argentata, 13-Ceyx erithaca, 14-C. melanurus, 15-C. lepidus. Painted in Adobe Photoshop.

ARKive video - Kingfisher - overview   ARKive video - Kingfisher diving for fish   ARKive video - Kingfisher catching a fish
Kingfisher, Alcedo atthis
Overview - diving for fish - catching fish

BBC Natural History Unit

Philippine cockatoos (Cacatua haematuropygia), parrot
binturong (Arctitis binturong
Celestial (Hypothymis caelestis), short-crested (H. helenae), and black-naped (H. azurea) monarchs, Angat Reservoir, Luzon
Parnassius clodius , butterfly


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