Say Hello to the Camiguin Hawk-owl

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Both new species were recently peeled off from the Philippine Hawk-owl , which may have a few more species to contribute before all is said and done. Those of us who adore owls can be grateful for more species to either love or chase futilely, depending on whether your owl luck is as bad as mine! While you’re at it, you might also say hello to the Cebu Hawk-owl.

Extinct Bird Found Before Being Eaten

Critter News

A rare quail from the Philippines was photographed for the first time before being sold as food at a poultry market, experts say. Scientists had suspected the species—listed as "data deficient" on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's 2008 Red List—was extinct. Figures. A precious thing, possibly the last of its kind, enjoyed for a few minutes by a human being, then destroyed by another.

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Finless Shark Found in the Phillipines

Critter News

Last week, representatives of some 50 countries attended the third meeting of the International Cooperation on Migratory Sharks (SHARKS III) hosted by the Philippines in Manila. The participants also agreed to advance the protection of seven shark species that needed protection—the Basking Shark, Great White Shark, Whale Shark, Spiny Dogfish Shark, Porbeagle Shark, and Shortfin and Longfin Mako Sharks. The shark's fins had been cut and he was still alive when found, but sadly died.

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Paradise Trashed

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Mantanani is a biological link between Borneo and the islands of the Philippines. Like many small islands that fringe the Philippines side of Borneo, it has a handful of species that are mostly found in the Philippines, or species that are supertramps, meaning they occur on many of the smaller fringing islands in the Indo-Malayan archipelago. Sometimes, when you plan and book trips, you pick the wrong option.

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Purple Swamphen: Supertramp or superspecies?

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It varies in appearance across its enormous range, and a new genetic study — Dispersal and speciation in purple swamphens (Rallidae: Porphyrio) — bolsters the case that this “supertramp” is actually a superspecies that could be split into six different species. Here’s a quick overview of the six potential “Purple Swamphen” species: European or Western Swamphen. Philippine Swamphen.

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“The 125 Best Bird Watching Sites in Southeast Asia”

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Having more than 2500 bird species, including over 850 endemics (480 in Indonesia alone), Southeast Asia stretches roughly from the easternmost Himalayan slopes in Myanmar and the palm-fringed beached of Thailand all the way to the ridiculously colourful Birds of Paradise of New Guinea, which Phoebe Snetsinger described: “I’ve never done acid, but I imagine that when you do, you see things like the birds-of-paradise.”

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Rare Tee Clothing

4 The Love Of Animals

Their mission is to raise awareness on threatened and endangered species through their fun and contemporary apparel. I chose the Philippine Tarsier Tee, which is a very fun shirt indeed! I recently got the chance to try out a t-shirt from a company called Rare Tee. Not only is it made from 100% cotton, so it’s very soft and comfortable, but all of their tags, packaging, etc. are made from 100% post consumer products.

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Bird Butts and Other Matters

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The birds were too far away to identify, and I know more than one species does this, but if I had to guess they were starlings. One group is trying to make a better list of which species of birds to pretend to be doing something about vis-a-vis imminent extinction using a unique approach: Identifying the most genetically unique species. If half the Warblers go extinct, that would be a lot of species but you’d still pretty much have Warbler DNA.

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Birding Without Borders: A Review

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He digitized and downloaded all of them, he says, in preparation for his 2015 Big Year — a whirlwind trip around the world in an effort to see 5,000 bird species in one year, something never before done. ” It needs no spoiler alert to say that Strycker did, indeed, meet his original goal (in the Philippines, with a Flame-crowned Flowerpecker , #5000, accompanied by the inevitable, but actually pretty good, ribaldry).

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History repeating itself

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How many species there were is probably lost to history, but there were certainly many hundreds. Sadly, as I’ve explained before , most of these species became extinct as humans arrived on the islands, and with it one of the most astonishing radiations of birds imaginable. The two endemic species found in Tonga are not found in these islands, and the other species present are also found on more traditional destinations of Fiji and Samoa.

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Stop to Smell the Giant Parasitic Roses

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The 28 odd species of this genus are found in the Sunda (the islands of Indonesia, Malaysia and the southern bit of Thailand) and the Philippines, and are named for the inescapable (in this region anyway) Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, he of the founding of Singapore fame. Seeing a flower is quite a feat, since the average flower only lasts a few days and the species isn’t common any more. But this isn’t a species you’ll see in a botanical garden.

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Man-o-war Birds

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Last week I introduced the Great Frigatebird , one of five species of man-o-war bird. I got rather carried away showing all the plumages you can see around a breeding colony, which means I had to split my post on the species into two. From the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands these birds were regularly seen travelling to Johnston Atoll, 873 kilometres away, and one was even sighted in the Philippines.

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Birds of the Indonesian Archipelago: Greater Sundas and Wallacea–A Field Guide Review

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Birds of the Indonesian Archipelago covers 1,417 species, 601 endemics, 98 vagrants, 8 introduced and 18 undescribed species. Working in an area for which there are few official checklists, no governing taxonomic body, and much new information on species relationships coming in, the authors were faced with a multitude of questions about family sequence, genus arrangements, English common names, and species taxonomy. Species Accounts.

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Birds and People: A Book Review

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Additional back of the book material includes a Glossary, Biographical Details, a Select Bibliography, Notes, Credits, an Index to Species and a General Index. Cocker writes about the species within each family with a literary specificity softened by a tone of conversational patience. The beautiful Bee-eater family, with its 26 species, is covered in a little less than two pages. and also Modern Iraq, Egypt, Albania, Mexico, Poland and the Philippines.

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Woodpeckers of the World: A Photographic Guide–A Review

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The title is a bit deceptive, for while photographs are a huge part of the book, it is grounded in the 239 species accounts written by woodpecker guru Gerard Gorman. This background material is a good, succinct framework within which to read the Species Accounts, particularly for birders new to woodpecker study. Each genus is introduced with a brief summary of the common characteristics of the group and a beautiful full-page photograph of a representative species.

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