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.
27th February - 21st March 2010 (23 days)
Luzon: 1. Mindoro to see the Spotted Imperial Pigeon, Black-hooded Coucal, Mindoro Boobook (or Mindoro Hawk-Owl), Mindoro Hornbill and Scarlet-collared Flowerpecker. 2. Sierra Madre Mountains for the Flame-breasted and Cream-bellied Fruit-Doves, Luzon Bleeding-heart, the colourful Whiskered Pitta, among others. Visayas: 1. Bacolod to search for the will search the slopes of Mount Canloan for specialities such as Visayan Hornbill, White-winged Cuckoo-shrike, the beautiful Flame-templed Babbler, Negros Striped Babbler, White-vented Whistler and Visayan Flowerpecker. 2. Rajah Sikatuna National Park to seek out the Philippine Frogmouth, the Visayan Wattled Broadbill, Azure-breasted Pitta, Black-crowned Babbler and Yellow-breasted Tailorbird. 3. Cebu to finally see the Black Shama and Cebu Flowerpecker. Mindanao: 1. Zamboaga for the Zamboanga Bulbul and White-eared Tailorbird 2. Mount Apo to search for some elusive montane endemics, including Mindanao Scops Owl, Mindanao Lorikeet and Whiskered Flowerpecker.
A 15-day holiday, based in very comfortable hotels, in search of the endemic and other birdlife of some of the most contrasting islands in the delightful Philippines archipelago; plus an optional ‘Whale Shark’ extension.
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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The Palawan Peacock-pheasant, Polyplectron napoleonis, also known as the Napoleon Peacock-pheasant, is an endemic bird found only in Palawan island. The male is the most attractive of the genus Polyplectron. It has an erectile crest, a white stripe over the eyes and highly iridescent metallic green and black plumage.
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