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10 Wild Birds of Mindanao, Flight 1

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Ida Damo | Jul 08, 2014

There's something about watching birds that make us relive childhood dreams flying. Their grace as they glide, swoop, and flutter freely on air stokes the imagination.

In two of my travels in Mindanao, I was fortunate to have known members of the Wild Bird Photographers of the Philippines (WBPP), Jeniel Buday and Jovic Ferrer, who patiently waited for the birds to show themselves so they could capture them on camera.

These guys document the lives of these birds, and at the same time raise awareness of the birds' importance in the cycle of life.

Here's Choose Philippines' first flight of 10 wild birds from Mindanao.


1. Citrine canary flycatcher

Culicicapa helianthea – Lake Agco, Kidapawan City

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2. Little pied flycatcher

Ficedula westermanni – Lake Agco, Kidapawan City

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3. Sulphur-billed nuthatch

Sitta oenochlamys – Philippine Endemic, Lake Agco, Kidapawan City

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4. Orange-bellied flowerpecker

Dicaeum trigonostigma – Eden Garden Resort, Davao City

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5. Philippine bulbul

Hypsipetes philippinus – Philippine Endemic, Eden Garden Resort, Davao City

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6. Black-crowned night heron

Nycticorax nycticorax – Baras Bird Sanctuary, Tacurong City

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7. Coleto

Sarcops calvus – Philippine endemic, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato

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8. Philippine hanging parrot

Loriculus philippensis (also widely known as the colasisi) – Philippine Endemic, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato

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9. Pinsker's hawk-eagle

A species of bird of prey in the Accipitridae family – Philippine Endemic, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato

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10. Philippine trogon

Harpactes ardens – Philippine Endemic, Lake Agco, Kidapawan City

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Watch out for the second flight!

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