Ornithologists discover more rare hornbills than thought on Philippine island

Ornithologists discover more rare hornbills than thought on Philippine island

MANILA — As a rare species of endemic hornbills disappeared from island after island in the Philippines, ornithologists pinned their hopes on Negros: a little-surveyed island in the center of the Philippine archipelago, whose remaining forest areas could potentially hide a population never before seen or recorded by experts. This year, their speculations were confirmed: […]

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For the Philippine eagle, a shot at survival means going abroad

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The courtship involves a partition screen in an enclosure the Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) calls a pairing dome, where two Philippine eagles (Pithecophaga jefferyi) are stationed to adapt to each other. They’ve been in a mating process for the last two years. “They’re inching closer to each other,” Lace Viojan, a […]

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Vultures need you

Let’s face it: vultures are special. Part of human culture, they are seen as disgusting by some, yet loved by others (including us and you). Asia’s vultures have suffered some of the fastest population declines ever recorded in a bird, and Africa’s recent severe declines mean that now most old-world vultures are on the edge […]

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Hunting in the Philippines: Okay for the Rich and Powerful, Illegal for the Poor and Lowly?

Hunting in the Philippines: Okay for the Rich and Powerful, Illegal for the Poor and Lowly?

What does government and society do when hunters are caught and/or documented in pictures of their own with their day’s catch – dead Philippine wild ducks which are classified as vulnerable? Of course, they are prosecuted for violation of the law, fined and jailed, just like Bryan Balaon, a 26-year-old farmer in Bukidnon, who has […]

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Sierra Madre Ground-Warbler – discovery of new bird species

Sierra Madre Ground-Warbler – discovery of new bird species

A ground-warbler from the Philippines is the twenty-third species of bird described in 2013. The species, dubbed Robsonius thompsoni, is described in the August issue of the journal The Condor. It was discovered after researchers from the University of Kansas, the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico, the University of the Philippines Los Baños, and the […]

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