41 bird species identified in ZC watershed PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 10 February 2012 13:35

A total of forty one bird species in the Pasonanca National Park  (watershed) which are endemic and endangered have been identified and studied by the Wild Birds Club of the Philippines.

Department of Tourism Regional Director Mary June Bugante disclosed that the club constantly visits the watershed and has already come up with a book about the endangered and endemic  birds at the Zamboanga City watershed.

Eversince the watershed is home to many rare birds.

The birds recorded in the area with photos are Changeable Hawk Eagle,  Philippine Hawk Eagle, Philippine Falconet, Amethyst Brown Dove, Philippine Cuckoo Dove, Mindanao Bleeding Heart, Guaiabero, Blue Crowned Racquet tail, Philippine Hawk Cuckoo, Black faced Coucal, Giant Scops Owl, Mindanao Eagle Owl, Philippine Hawk Owl, Philippine Trogon, Silvery Kingfisher, Philippine Drawf Kingfisher, Mindanao Tarictic, Mindanao Rufous Hornbill, Steere’s Pitta, Wattled Broadbill, Bar bellied Cuckoo Strike, Scarlet Minivet, Zamboanga Bulbul, Spangled Drongo, Philippine Fairy Bluebird, Streaked Ground, Babbler, Pygmy Babbler, Rusty Crowned Babbler, Brown tit Babbler, Miniature Tit babbler, Philippine Leaf Warbler, White Eared Tailor bird, Little Slaty Flycatcher, Blue Fantail, Rufuos Paradise, Flycatcher, Yellow bellied Whistler, Coleto, Olive backed Sunbird, Metallic winged Sunbird, Naked face Spiderhunter, Little Spiderhunter and Orange bellied Flowerpecker.

According to Bugante, the watershed has big potentials for any eco-tourism activities. The Wild Birds Club told her that Pasonanca Park has a very big advantage in become a tourism place  because it is not far from the heart of the city.

Bugante appealed to the people living  near the watershed area to plant more trees and take good care of the Pasonanca Park to protect and preserve the environment for the birds’ shelter and food.

She also advised parents in the area not to allow their children to use slingshots and  kill the birds for fun.

Bugante said that Zamboanga City can host the “Asian Wild Birds Festival”, which was hosted by Davao City last year.

Rep. Erbie A. Fabian’s a bill on the protection and preservation of the watershed has been approved by the Lower House and is now pending at the Senate.  — Allen Abastillas