Two of the most sought-after birds on any birding trip to the Philippines are our two endemic monarchs, Celestial Monarch and Short-crested Monarch. The Celestial Monarch is definitely a very-good looking bird (see our video here) and is always a candidate for the bird of the trip but others prefer its equally gorgeous cousin: the Short-crested Monarch. To kick off the new birding year, we would like to share our video of a Short-crested Monarch pair starting to build their nest.
Short-crested Monarch, Hypothymis helenae
March 2013, PICOP, Surigao del Sur, Mindanao, Philippines