Bird List as of December 2015

We have counted 82 species within our property since we started the list in 2012. Two of these were “heard only” –  Red-bellied Pitta and White-browed Shama. We hear the Red-bellied frequently and our caretaker Picio has seen it.

note: this list has been updated since I first published it because there were a few birds that I forgot to add to the list and Tonji saw one of the “heard-only” birds!

  1. Philippine Duck Anas luzonica
  2. King Quail Blue-breasted Quail Excalfactoria chinensis
  3. Cinnamon Bittern Ixobrychus cinnamomeus
  4. Eastern Cattle Egret Bubulcus coromandus
  5. Grey Heron Ardea cinerea
  6. Purple Heron Ardea purpurea
  7. Great Egret Ardea alba
  8. Intermediate Egret Egretta intermedia
  9. Little Egret Egretta garzetta
  10. Japanese Sparrowhawk Accipiter gularis
  11. Pied Harrier Circus melanoleucos
  12. Brahminy Kite Haliastur indus
  13. Barred Rail Gallirallus torquatus
  14. Buff-banded Rail Gallirallus philippensis
  15. Plain Bush-hen Amaurornis olivacea
  16. White-breasted Waterhen Amaurornis phoenicurus
  17. Spotted Buttonquail Turnix ocellatus
  18. Barred Buttonquail Turnix suscitator
  19. Oriental Pratincole Glareola maldivarum
  20. Rock Dove Columba livia
  21. Island Collared Dove Streptopelia bitorquata
  22. Red Turtle Dove  Streptopelia tranquebarica
  23. Spotted Dove Spilopelia chinensis
  24. Philippine Cuckoo-Dove Macropygia tenuirostris
  25. Common Emerald Dove Chalcophaps indica
  26. Zebra Dove Geopelia striata
  27. Pink-necked Green Pigeon Treron vernans
  28. Philippine Coucal Centropus viridis
  29. Lesser Coucal Centropus bengalensis
  30. Rough-crested Malkoha Dasylophus superciliosus
  31. Eastern Grass Owl Tyto longimembris
  32. Philippine Scops Owl Otus megalotis
  33. Philippine Nightjar Caprimulgus manillensis
  34. Glossy Swiftlet Collocalia esculenta
  35. Asian Palm Swift Cypsiurus balasiensis
  36. White-throated Kingfisher Halcyon smyrnensis
  37. Collared Kingfisher Todiramphus chloris
  38. Indigo-banded Kingfisher Ceyx cyanopectus
  39. Blue-tailed Bee-eater Merops philippinus
  40. Coppersmith Barbet Megalaima haemacephala
  41. Philippine Pygmy Woodpecker  Dendrocopos maculatus
  42. Common Kestrel Falco tinnunculus
  43. Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
  44. Philippine Hanging Parrot/Colasisi  Loriculus philippensis
  45. Red-bellied Pitta Erythropitta erythrogaster – heard only
  46. Hooded Pitta Pitta sordida
  47. Golden-bellied Gerygone Gerygone sulphurea
  48. White-breasted Woodswallow  Artamus leucorynchus
  49. Pied Triller Lalage nigra
  50. Brown Shrike Lanius cristatus
  51. Long-tailed Shrike Lanius schach
  52. Black-naped Oriole Oriolus chinensis
  53. Philippine Pied Fantail Rhipidura nigritorquis
  54. Black-naped Monarch Hypothymis azurea
  55. Large-billed Crow Corvus macrorhynchos
  56. Oriental Skylark Alauda gulgula
  57. Yellow-vented Bulbul Pycnonotus goiavier
  58. Philippine Bulbul Hypsipetes philippinus
  59. Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
  60. Pacific Swallow Hirundo tahitica
  61. Striated Swallow Cecropis striolata
  62. Kamchatka Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus examinandus
  63. Japanese Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus xanthodryas
  64. Striated Grassbird Megalurus palustris
  65. Tawny Grassbird Megalurus timoriensis
  66. Golden-headed Cisticola Cisticola exilis
  67. Grey-backed Tailorbird Orthotomus derbianus
  68. Lowland White-eye Zosterops meyeni
  69. Asian Glossy Starling Aplonis panayensis
  70. Stripe-headed Rhabdornis Rhabdornis mystacalis
  71. Philippine Magpie-Robin  Copsychus mindanensis
  72. White-browed Shama Copsychus luzoniensis
  73. Mangrove Blue Flycatcher Cyornis rufigastra
  74. Siberian Rubythroat Calliope calliope – heard only
  75. Red-keeled Flowerpecker  Dicaeum australe
  76. Olive-backed Sunbird Cinnyris jugularis
  77. Eurasian Tree Sparrow Passer montanus
  78. Scaly-breasted Munia Lonchura punctulata
  79. Chestnut Munia Lonchura atricapillas palustris
  80. Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea
  81. Paddyfield Pipit Anthus rufulus
  82. snipe species

A lot of these birds were seen while sitting in our favorite spot. When we’re not out and about removing weeds or cutting trails or walking around, we’re here.


Plans for 2016 include:

  1. Building a different spot for hanging out and viewing birds. Maybe we’ll see more birds!
  2. Converting our golf cart into a rolling bird watching and bird photography hide.
  3. Buying a scope so we can see and identify even more birds without leaving the veranda.
  4. Setting up critter cams in the ponds so we can see what goes on in there.
  5. Making more ponds. Tonji wants to try some shallow ponds also.

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