Birdwatching Tour Packages

The Philippines by Birdquest

6-28 February 2010 (23 days) 
Sites to visit: Luzon: 1. Subic Bay to see a good number of endemic forest birds ranging from gorgeous racquet-tails to the strange Coleto. 2. Mount Polis for high-altitude habitats hosting the Luzon Water Redstart among others 3. Palawan to see the Philippine Cockatoo and the Palawan Peacock Pheasant 4. Mt. Makiling for the noisy Spotted Kingfisher Mindanao: 1. Lowland forests of Bislig area where the Steere's Pitta and Short-crested Monarch can be found 2. Mt. Kitanglad for the endangered Bukidnon Woodcock and magnificent Philippine Eagle.

 

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Accommodation Facilities

From the luxurious to the basic, visitors can choose from a wide variety of the best hotel chains, business hotels, serviced apartments, pension houses, apartels and inns that cater to their desired level of comfort and convenience

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Birdwatching Sites

MT. POLIS PROTECTED LANDSCAPE, Cordillera Administrative Region (Jump-off Point: Banaue)

Mt. Polis is a thick-forested area in the Cordillera Administrative Region. The site offers easy, roadside birding where one can encounter endemic species such as the gregarious Chestnut-faced Babbler and the solitary Mountain Shrike. The many ravines that characterize the rough terrain of the Cordillera Mountain Range make birding easy because the tree canopies are almost at eye-level. 

For the more serious birders in search of the elusive Whiskered Pitta, they may have to take the trails inside mossy forests on usually steep slopes.


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Birdwatching in the Philippines

The Philippines is a recognized megadiversity area with a very high level of endemism. Marvel at the variety of life on earth, as the Philippines positions itself as a new birdwatching hotspot! Home to 200 endemic bird species, nature’s diversity is best celebrated in this archipelago. With over 600 bird species in the country, birdwatchers are sure to have one more ticked off their must-see list. Get on the bird trail and marvel at the Cebu Flowerpecker, the Philippine cockatoo, the Visayan wrinkled hornbill, and the majestic Philippine eagle.

Seek sanctuary in the 7,107 islands of the Philippines along with the rest of the world’s living species. From marine life, to flora and fauna, and now birdwatching, the wealth of diversity in the country has reached a level of megadiversity – exclusive to 17 countries that hold the greatest numbers of the major groups of living species. The endemism in the Philippines is a fitting symbol of the country’s uniqueness in terms of what it can offer. A country of various landscapes and experiences,the Philippines stands firm in its promise to take you beyond the usual.

List of Philippine Bird Species

Worcester’s Buttonquail

Turnix worcesteri. The Worcester's Buttonquail has already been believed to be extinct is only located in the tropical high altitude grasslands of Luzon. It is rarely seen and is part of the 2008 red list of endangered species.


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