Philippines update.

2 years 2 days ago #1265 by Jeremy Hurley

BUBO Listing please note: there has been a major overhaul of the official checklist of the birds of the Philippines, overseen by the WBCP (Wild Bird Club of the Philippines), as from January 2015 (with one correction made in March 2015).

This includes 59 new and newly described species not in Kennedy's et al. guide (2000). The latest total therefore stands at 682 species, of which 235 are now recognised as endemic to that archipelago, making for one of the highest endemisms of any country in the world - an astonishing level of diversity, considering so much of the native forest and natural habitats have vanished there.

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3 days 22 hours ago #1366 by Jeremy Hurley

Jeremy Hurley wrote:

BUBO Listing please note: there has been a major overhaul of the official checklist of the birds of the Philippines, overseen by the WBCP (Wild Bird Club of the Philippines), as from January 2015 (with one correction made in March 2015).

This includes 59 new and newly described species not in Kennedy's et al. guide (2000). The latest total therefore stands at 682 species, of which 235 are now recognised as endemic to that archipelago, making for one of the highest endemisms of any country in the world - an astonishing level of diversity, considering so much of the native forest and natural habitats have vanished there.

With reference to the above, submitted on this site nearly two years ago - the list for the birds of the Philippines on BUBO Listing is sadly, grossly out of date. There has now been a further revision by the WBCP, as from 7th February 2016. Having just got back from another trip to those islands, I am unable to comprehensively "tick" here the ever increasing number of newly split endemic Philippine species that I saw.

I appreciate you guys are "busy bees" and that your fine efforts are a labour of love undertaken in your spare moments. However, as a country that has the third highest number of endemic species of birds in the world (currently standing at 239) the Philippines deserves contemporary representation here on BUBO Listing

Kind regards,

Jeremy Hurley

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