Farm Bird List as of March 2018

These are all the species we have seen at the sanctuary over the years, with notes on recent sightings.


Common Name Scientific Name Notes on recent sightings
1 Wandering Whistling Duck Dendrocygna arcuata
2 Philippine Duck Anas luzonica had our highest count in January, 23 birds at one time
3 King Quail Excalfactoria chinensis
4 Red Junglefowl Gallus gallus
5 Cinnamon Bittern Ixobrychus cinnamomeus was common in 2017
6 Black-crowned Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax not common, first seen in August 2017
7 Striated Heron Butorides striata
8 Eastern Cattle Egret Bubulcus coromandus
9 Grey Heron Ardea cinerea
10 Purple Heron Ardea purpurea there’s one individual in the picnic area
11 Great Egret Ardea alba
12 Intermediate Egret Ardea intermedia there was one very close to the cottage in March, might have gotten blown in with the strong wind
13 Little Egret Egretta garzetta
14 Philippine Serpent Eagle Spilornis holospilus
15 Japanese Sparrowhawk Accipiter gularis
16 Pied Harrier Circus melanoleucos  Tali and Laiya!
17 Brahminy Kite Haliastur indus  seen frequently
18 Barred Rail Gallirallus torquatus
19 Buff-banded Rail Gallirallus philippensis moved to picnic area, no longer near cottage
20 Plain Bush-hen Amaurornis olivacea  hear them a lot
21 White-breasted Waterhen Amaurornis phoenicurus
22 Ruddy-breasted Crake Porzana fusca not common, first seen in August 2017
23 Spotted Buttonquail Turnix ocellatus
24 Barred Buttonquail Turnix suscitator
25 Swinhoe’s Snipe Gallinago megala
26 Oriental Pratincole Glareola maldivarum
27 Rock Dove Columba livia
28 Island Collared Dove Streptopelia bitorquata good views of them perched on a wire on our access road
29 Red Turtle Dove Streptopelia tranquebarica
30 Spotted Dove Spilopelia chinensis  seen frequently
31 Philippine Cuckoo-Dove Macropygia tenuirostris  February, 2 birds
32 Common Emerald Dove Chalcophaps indica  still haven’t taken a photo
33 Zebra Dove Geopelia striata
34 Pink-necked Green Pigeon Treron vernans they seem to be more common now
35 Philippine Green Pigeon Treron axillaris first seen in August 2017
36 Philippine Coucal Centropus viridis at the mango farm, on top of the trees
37 Lesser Coucal Centropus bengalensis at the picnic area and F.A.
38 Rough-crested Malkoha Dasylophus superciliosus February at the sampaloc tree when it was fruiting
39 Asian Koel Eudynamys scolopaceus heard only
40 Philippine Hawk-Cuckoo Hierococcyx pectoralis
41 Eastern Grass Owl Tyto longimembris  seen frequently
42 Philippine Scops Owl Otus megalotis  heard only
43 Philippine Nightjar Caprimulgus manillensis  they used to be on the access road only, now near cottage also
44 Savanna Nightjar Caprimulgus affinis
45 Grey-rumped Swiftlet Collocalia marginata
46 Asian Palm Swift Cypsiurus balasiensis
47 Ruddy Kingfisher Halcyon coromanda first seen in September 2017 when we had my cousins over! I didn’t see it!
48 White-throated Kingfisher Halcyon smyrnensis
49 Collared Kingfisher Todiramphus chloris seen frequently
50 Indigo-banded Kingfisher Ceyx cyanopectus
51 Blue-tailed Bee-eater Merops philippinus seen frequently
52 Coppersmith Barbet Megalaima haemacephala
53 Philippine Pygmy Woodpecker Dendrocopos maculatus
54 Common Kestrel Falco tinnunculus
55 Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
56 Philippine Hanging Parrot/Colasisi Loriculus philippensis
57 Philippine Pitta Erythropitta erythrogaster  haven’t been hearing them
58 Hooded Pitta Pitta sordida   haven’t been hearing them
59 Golden-bellied Gerygone Gerygone sulphurea  seen frequently
60 White-breasted Woodswallow Artamus leucorynchus seen frequently
61 Pied Triller Lalage nigra  not near the cottage
62 Brown Shrike Lanius cristatus  seen frequently
63 Long-tailed Shrike Lanius schach  seen frequently
64 Black-naped Oriole Oriolus chinensis  seen frequently
65 Philippine Pied Fantail Rhipidura nigritorquis   seen frequently
66 Black-naped Monarch Hypothymis azurea  takes effort to see
67 Large-billed Crow Corvus macrorhynchos  seen frequently
68 Oriental Skylark Alauda gulgula
69 Yellow-wattled Bulbul Pycnonotus urostictus
70 Yellow-vented Bulbul Pycnonotus goiavier seen frequently
71 Philippine Bulbul Hypsipetes philippinus seen more frequently and closer to the cottage than before, I think there are more of them now
72 Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
73 Pacific Swallow Hirundo tahitica
74 Striated Swallow Cecropis striolata
75 Kamchatka Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus examinandus
76 Japanese Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus xanthodryas
77 Clamorous Reed Warbler Acrocephalus stentoreus not common, first seen in August 2017
78 Striated Grassbird Megalurus palustris  seen frequently
79 Tawny Grassbird Megalurus timoriensis
80 Golden-headed Cisticola Cisticola exilis
81 Grey-backed Tailorbird Orthotomus derbianus
82 Lowland White-eye Zosterops meyeni
83 Asian Glossy Starling Aplonis panayensis
84 Stripe-headed Rhabdornis Rhabdornis mystacalis
85 Philippine Magpie-Robin Copsychus mindanensis  
86 White-browed Shama Copsychus luzoniensis heard at cement bridge
87 Mangrove Blue Flycatcher Cyornis rufigastra
88 Siberian Rubythroat Calliope calliope
89 Pied Bush Chat Saxicola caprata  seen frequently
90 Red-keeled Flowerpecker Dicaeum australe
91 Pygmy Flowerpecker Dicaeum pygmaeum
92 Olive-backed Sunbird Cinnyris jugularis seen frequently in groups in the flowering madre de cacao
93 Eurasian Tree Sparrow Passer montanus  seen frequently
94 Scaly-breasted Munia Lonchura punctulata
95 White-bellied Munia Lonchura leucogastra not common, first seen in August 2017
96 Chestnut Munia Lonchura atricapilla  seen frequently
97 Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea
98 Paddyfield Pipit Anthus rufulus

Bird List for the Farm

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


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