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NEGROS ISLAND

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# Species:290
# Excl Vagrants:289
# Endemics:68
# Near Endemics:5
Habitat: Montane forest.

ABOUT THE BIRDING

Negros is the fourth largest island in the Philippines and is part of the Visayan Island chain south of Luzon Island. Negros offers beautiful beaches and charming indigenous traditions and festivals for general tourists. For birders the main attraction is Mount Kanlaon, the highest peak on the island with an elevation of 2465m (8088ft). It is one of the most activc volcanos in the Philippines and is infrequently visited by birding groups. The mountain is part of Mount Kanlaon National Park and features numerous trails, most leading up the mountain. The park is located near the city of Canlaon on the northern side of the island. Birding the forest trails can be good or very slow. Notable birds include Yellow-faced Balicassiao, Visayan Fantail, Philippine Tailorbird, Flameback, a rather difficult bird to see, Flame-templed Babbler, and Red-keeled Flowerpecker. Higher up the mountain are White-winged Cuckooshrike, White-winged Cuckooshrike, White-vented Whistler, and Snowy-browed Flycatcher. Other interesting birds include Philippine Oriole, Sulphur-billed Nuthatch, and Lemon-throated Leaf Warbler.

LOCATION OF SITE

Negros Island is located south of Luzon and north of Mindanao. It's the eastern-most of the Visayan Islands in the central Philippines. It's typically reached by short flights into Bohol followed by land transport to Mount Kanlaon.