Our Endangered Endemics birding tour explores the Philippines’ three largest islands and covers the best of the remaining habitats in our attempts to find some of the world’s most spectacular and threatened birds.
On Luzon, we visit sites for Stripe-headed Rhabdornis, Scale-feathered Malkoha, the sensational Yellow-breasted Fruit Dove and recently discovered Chocolate Boobook. On Palawan, white sandy beaches, extensive coral reefs and an underground river make a spectacular backdrop for a number of the specials we are likely to find. Highlights include the mound-building Philippine Megapode, Philippine and Hooded Pittas, the incredibly beautiful Blue Paradise Flycatcher and glittering Palawan Peacock-Pheasant. Mindanao hosts the largest tracts of remaining lowland forest and here we search for the secretive Wattled Broadbill, Azure-breasted Pitta and beautiful Philippine Trogon. The forested slopes of Mt Kitanglad are the most reliable site for the magnificent Philippine (Monkey-eating) Eagle, this giant raptor often rated as the world’s single most desirable bird! Here we will also search for another recently discovered bird, Bukidnon Woodcock, as well as Apo Myna and Giant Scops Owl.
Philippine Eagle, Philippine Serpent Eagle, Philippine Frogmouth, Giant Scops Owl, Luzon Hawk-Owl, Philippine Hawk-Cuckoo, Stripe-headed Rhabdornis, Scale-feathered & Red-crested Malkohas, Short-crested Monarch, Spotted Wood Kingfisher, Wattled Broadbill, Azure-breasted & Philippine Pittas, Philippine Trogon, Philippine Megapode, Palawan Peacock-Pheasant, Bukidnon Woodcock, Blue-headed Racket-tail, Palawan Hornbill, Ashy Thrush, Sooty & Philippine Pygmy Woodpeckers, Coleto, Balicassiao, Elegant & Palawan Tits, Sulphur-billed Nuthatch, Red-keeled & Striped Flowerpeckers, Guaiabero, Apo Myna
Philippine Colugo, Philippine Tarsier, Slow Loris, Asian Palm Civet
lowland and montane rainforest, woodlands, rivers and wetlands, mudflats
hot and humid, rain expected
moderate to brisk pace, some long walks on forest trails
Chocolate Hills, coral reefs, St Paul’s underground river, fast disappearing forests
What our clients say about tours to The Philippines
We saw some good birds and are happy about that. Erik Forsyth is an excellent guide and companion. We would certainly travel with him again. He was most helpful for those of us whose eyes are not as sharp as they once were. Erik managed the group well and group dynamics were excellent. Local guides,…
The guides were knowledgeable, energetic, and very personable. I would go with Erik Forsyth anytime, anywhere. He made sure we were comfortable, well fed, and saw the birds, not an easy feat with the constant rainy conditions. I also appreciated his sense of humour. Yes, I would go with Rockjumper again, and I am planning…
Although we had plenty of rain the trip turned out to be very rewarding. Erik Forsyth did an excellent job in trying to accommodate my strange request for knowledge on the vegetation of the Philippines. Although both Mark and he had no idea on how to respond to this request, they were able to get…
I participated in the Jan-Feb [private] tour to the Philippines guided by Rich Lindie…. I have to say that Rich’s … indefatigable attempts to make our trip a success was exemplary in every way. His birding skills are definitely well above the norm in birding companies I am familiar with (including some very elite companies.) Rich is also enthusiastic, energetic, fun loving, patient and always in full control of his clients. In short, he is in the elite echelons of the guiding profession and should be considered a valuable asset to your organization. It is my intent to single out trips guided by him for my travel considerations.
It was amazing that the guides could make the tour so enjoyable despite having rain 8 days out of 10! Guides were excellent. Erik Forsyth was very knowledgeable and personable.