The 7th Philippine Bird Festival is the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines‘ annual birdwatching and bird conservation event featuring lectures, exhibits, children’s activities and a bird forum with resource speakers coming from various government and non-government agencies and the academe. This annual event hosts foreign birders from birding clubs from Taipei, Thailand, Malaysia, Japan, Singapore and other Asian countries as well as local participants from non-government organizations (NGOs) working for wildlife conservation. This year the 7th PBF will be held this 23-24 September 2011 in the beautiful city of Dumaguete, in partnership with Silliman University and the local governments of Dumaguete and Negros Oriental. This year’s theme is BIRDS IN THE WILD HELP FORESTS THRIVE! and will focus on the role of birds in keeping our forests intact as well as the conservation of critically-endangered birds found only in Negros.
There will be before- and after-Bird Festival trips that will showcase the amazing avifaunal diversity of Negros Island. The main target would be to see the Festival’s logo in the wild: the rare and highly-endangered Negros Bleeding Heart as well as other specialties like White-winged Cuckoo-shrike, Negros forms of Balicassiao (a type of drongo), Blue-headed Fantail, Spotted Wood Kingfisher, White-browed Shama, and this Flame-templed Babbler, probably the best-looking endemic babbler in the Philippines. If you’re still wondering if you should attend the Festival and its birding trips, maybe this video will persuade you to go. 🙂
Flame-templed Babbler, Stachyris speciosa
April 2011, Mt. Kanlaon, Negros Occidental, Philippines
Many thanks to Arnel Telesforo for the wonderful PBF logo!