Tongue-rolling Red-eared Parrotfinch [HD]

Here is a video of a pair of one of my favorite birds : the Red-eared Parrotfinch.

Red-eared Parrotfinches are high-elevation Mindanao endemics that favor the forest understory and cogon and sunflower patches near the forest edge. Though the field guide for Philippine birds lists it as a “locally common” bird, it can be difficult to spot as it prefers the dense underbrush and its green plumage and small size blends well in its surroundings.

The first segment maybe the first ever video of an immature parrotfinch while the rapid ticking call tik-tik-tik-tik of the male bird can be heard at around 1:00. Tongue-rolling at around 1:20. The calls of Philippine Bulbul and Mountain White-eyes can also be heard in the background.

Aside from the Red-eared Parrotfinch, Mt. Kitanglad in Mindanao is also good for the Great Philippine Eagle, Apo and Grey-hooded Sunbirds, Cinnamon Ibon, funky-looking Apo Mynah, and many more. Check out our Birds from Mindanao gallery for more.

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