Pink-Necked Green Pigeons

When we were newbie birders in 2008 one of our friends invited us to take pictures of waders and Philippine Ducks in his friend’s fishpond in Batangas. When we were done taking photos of the birds on the water, he asked us if we wanted to see Pink-Necked Green Pigeons. He said they were just nearby, perched on the trees. Of course we said yes. It was our first time to see them. They were so pretty! There were so many of them. The males had orange breasts! I was more excited over seeing them than the dull brown and grey plovers and plain white egrets that we drove there to see in the first place.

Now that we have this place, I get to see Pink-necked Pigeons every morning outside my own door! I am still excited about seeing them, maybe even more excited than when I first saw them in 2008.

There are big aratiles trees behind the round pen that fruit year round. The Pink-necked Green Pigeons love the fruit. They make the aratiles their first stop in the morning.

They even eat the green, unripe fruit!

Then they they check out the lantana shrub that’s growing wild beside the round pen.

We didn’t plant this shrub. It’s an invasive weed that’s also cultivated as an ornamental plant in urban areas. It used to be very popular as a garden plant in urban areas. In the US, cattle ranchers spend a lot of money removing this invasive weed because it is toxic to livestock. Birds and butterflies love it!

Next is group huddle at the madre de cacao trees further behind the round pen. Breakfast is done and they spend some time grooming, preening, and probably just enjoying the sun and breeze.

The madre de cacao look their best at this time of the year. They are full of pink flowers and new yellow leaves. The birds with their green bodies and pinkish-orange breasts make the trees look even better!

Then the birds move on to other parts of our refuge.

Bird List for the Farm

This is the most current list of the birds we have seen at the farm.


February 2019

  • Grey-faced Buzzard Butastur indicus

August 2018

  • Coleto Sarcops calvus
  • Ruddy-breasted Crake Porzana fusca

September 2017

  • Ruddy Kingfisher Halcyon coromanda

    August 2017
  • Black-crowned Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
  • Clamorous Reed Warbler Acrocephaus stentoreus
  • Yellow-wattled Bulbul Pycnonotus urosticus
  • White-bellied Munia Lonchura locugastra 
  • Ruddy-breasted Crake Ponzana fusca
  • Philippine Green Pigeon (formerly known as Pompadour Green Pigeon) Treron axillaris
  • added Red Junglefowl Gallus gallus that was seen previously by Tonji but we forgot to add to the list
  • changed snipe sp. to Swinhoe’s Snipe after Tonji saw one and was able to identify it from the call
Yellow-wattled Bulbul
Philippine Green Pigeon and Pink-necked Green Pigeon

These are some photos taken on site of the birds at the farm. Most of the photos were taken by Tonji.  More bird photos on  Tonji and Sylvia’s Bird List.

  1. Wandering Whistling Duck Dendrocygna arcuata
  2. Philippine Duck  Anas luzonica
  3. King Quail (Blue-breasted Quail) Excalfactoria chinensis
  4. Red Junglefowl Gallus gallus
  5. Cinnamon Bittern  Ixobrychus cinnamomeus
  6. Black-crowned Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
  7. Eastern Cattle Egret (Cattle Egret) Bubulcus coromandus
  8. Striated Heron Butorides striata
  9. Grey Heron  Ardea cinerea
  10. Purple Heron  Ardea purpurea
  11. Great Egret  Ardea alba
  12. Intermediate Egret  Egretta intermedia
  13. Little Egret  Egretta garzetta
  14. Philippine Serpent Eagle (Crested Serpent-Eagle) Spilornis holospilus HO
  15. Japanese Sparrowhawk  Accipiter gularis
  16. Pied Harrier  Circus melanoleucos
  17. Brahminy Kite  Haliastur indus
  18. Grey-faced Buzzard Butastur indicus
  19. Barred Rail  Gallirallus torquatus
  20. Buff-banded Rail  Gallirallus philippensis
  21. Plain Bush-hen  Amaurornis olivacea
  22. White-breasted Waterhen  Amaurornis phoenicurus   
  23. Ruddy-breasted Crake Porzana fusca
  24. Spotted Buttonquail  Turnix ocellatus
  25. Barred Buttonquail  Turnix suscitator
  26. Oriental Pratincole  Glareola maldivarum
  27. Swinhoe’s Snipe Gallinago megala
  28. Rock Dove  Columba livia
  29. Island Collared Dove Streptopelia bitorquata
  30. Red Turtle Dove Streptopelia tranquebarica
  31. Spotted Dove  Spilopelia chinensis
  32. Philippine Cuckoo-Dove Macropygia tenuirostris
  33. Common Emerald Dove Chalcophaps indica
  34. Zebra Dove  Geopelia striata
  35. White-eared Brown Dove Phapitreron leucotis
  36. Pink-necked Green Pigeon Treron vernans
  37. Philippine Green Pigeon Treron axillaris
  38. Philippine Coucal  Centropus viridis
  39. Lesser Coucal  Centropus bengalensis
  40. Rough-crested Malkoha Dasylophus superciliosus
  41. Asian Koel Eudynamys scolopaceus
  42. Philippine Hawk-Cuckoo Hierococcyx pectoralis
  43. Eastern Grass Owl Tyto longimembris
  44. Philippine Scops Owl Otus megalotis
  45. Philippine Nightjar  Caprimulgus manillensis
  46. Savanna Nightjar Caprimulgus affinis
  47. Grey-rumped Swiftlet  Collocalia marginata
  48. Asian Palm Swift Cypsiurus balasiensis
  49. Ruddy Kingfisher Halcyon coromanda
  50. White-throated Kingfisher Halcyon smyrnensis
  51. Collared Kingfisher (White-collared Kingfisher) Todiramphus chloris
  52. Indigo-banded Kingfisher  Ceyx cyanopectus
  53. Blue-tailed Bee-eater  Merops philippinus
  54. Coppersmith Barbet  Megalaima haemacephala
  55. Philippine Pygmy Woodpecker Dendrocopos maculatus
  56. Common Kestrel (Eurasian Kestrel) Falco tinnunculus
  57. Peregrine Falcon  Falco peregrinus
  58. Philippine Hanging Parrot/Colasisi Loriculus philippensis 
  59. Philippine Pitta  Erythropitta erythrogaster
  60. Hooded Pitta  Pitta sordida
  61. Golden-bellied Gerygone  Gerygone sulphurea
  62. White-breasted Woodswallow Artamus leucorynchus
  63. Pied Triller  Lalage nigra
  64. Brown Shrike  Lanius cristatus
  65. Long-tailed Shrike  Lanius schach
  66. Black-naped Oriole  Oriolus chinensis
  67. Philippine Pied Fantail Rhipidura nigritorquis
  68. Black-naped Monarch  Hypothymis azurea
  69. Large-billed Crow  Corvus macrorhynchos
  70. Oriental Skylark  Alauda gulgula
  71. Yellow-wattled Bulbul Pycnonotus urostictus
  72. Yellow-vented Bulbul  Pycnonotus goiavier
  73. Philippine Bulbul Hypsipetes philippinus
  74. Barn Swallow  Hirundo rustica
  75. Pacific Swallow  Hirundo tahitica
  76. Striated Swallow (Red-rumped Swallow) Cecropis striolata
  77. Kamchatka Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus examinandus
  78. Japanese Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus xanthodryas
  79. Clamorous Reed Warbler Acrocephalus stentoreus (possible Oriental Reed Warbler or maybe Gray’s Grasshopper Warbler but we’re calling it Clamorous)
  80. Striated Grassbird  Megalurus palustris
  81. Tawny Grassbird  Megalurus timoriensis
  82. Golden-headed Cisticola Cisticola exilis
  83. Grey-backed Tailorbird  Orthotomus derbianus
  84. Lowland White-eye  Zosterops meyeni
  85. Asian Glossy Starling  Aplonis panayensis
  86. Coleto Sarcops calvus
  87. Stripe-headed Rhabdornis  Rhabdornis mystacalis
  88. Philippine Magpie-Robin Copsychus mindanensis
  89. White-browed Shama  Copsychus luzoniensis
  90. Mangrove Blue Flycatcher  Cyornis rufigastra
  91. Siberian Rubythroat  Calliope calliope
  92. Pied Bushchat Saxicola caprata
  93. Red-keeled Flowerpecker Dicaeum australe
  94. Pygmy Flowerpecker Dicaeum pygmaeum
  95. Olive-backed Sunbird  Cinnyris jugularis
  96. Eurasian Tree Sparrow  Passer montanus
  97. Scaly-breasted Munia  Lonchura punctulata
  98. White-bellied Munia Lonchura leucogastra
  99. Chestnut Munia  Lonchura atricapilla
  100. Grey Wagtail  Motacilla cinerea
  101. Paddyfield Pipit (Richard’s Pipit) Anthus rufulus

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! Continue reading “Bird List as of December 2015”