A “Kennedy Supplement” based on the WBCP 2016 Checklist

By Christian Perez Over the past few years many WBCP members have asked me if there was any plan for a Kennedy update (Kennedy is short for A Guide to the Birds of the Philippines, by Robert Kennedy et al, 2000). I don’t know of any plan for a revised edition of the Kennedy, but…

November 2015 Roundup

October 31-November 1, 2015 – 6th Asian Bird Fair Singapore Botanic Garden Singapore The 6th Asian Bird Fair was hosted by the Nature Society (Singapore), the last of the founding members to host an ABF. The two-day event held at the Botany Center of the Singapore Botanic Gardens was opened by Senior Minister of State Desmond…

Photo of the Month: Sunrise on Bird Islet

by Christian Perez The Photo of the Month reminds us that the best camera is the one in you have with you. Christian Perez used an iPhone to perfectly capture the thrill and wonder of the early morning bird count at Bird Islet in Tubbataha. This was the magnificent sunrise on a magical island called Bird…

A Short History of Philippine Bird Books – Part 7 1946 to 2000

by Christian Perez The 7th and final installment in Christian Perez’s Short History of Philippine Bird books fleshes out the people behind the names that are familiar to us from their books found in bookshelves — Delacour, Mayr, Dupont. Then, finally we come across a Filipino — author, zoologist, and conservationist, Dr. Dioscoro Rabor the Father of Philippine Conservation. Christian Perez…

A Short History of Philippine Bird Books – Part 6 American Period

by Christian Perez Christian Perez continues his fascinating series on Philippine bird books. Part 6 covers the American Period. The Philippine government goes from having no interest in natural science under the Spanish rule to having a Division of Ornithology under the Americans! Along with listing which species were discovered during this period, Christian also gives us peek back into…

A Short History of Philippine Bird Books – Part 4 The 1870s

by Christian Perez Christian Perez continues his series on Philippine bird books. In this part of the series, we get a sense of the some of the adventures, dangers and thrills that historical figures faced in exploring the Philippines and discovering new species. 1. Introduction  The decade from 1870 to 1880 was the most productive in the…

January 2015

  A Short History of Philippine Bird Books – Part 4 The 1870s by Christian Perez Black-headed Gulls with Spicy Vegetables by Willem van de Ven Photo of the Month: Amur Falcon by Romy Ocon  The Bird Traps on Mount Polis by Kitty Arce December 2014 Roundup by Mike Lu and James Biron  

A Short History of Philippine Bird Books – Part 2

by Christian Perez This is the highly anticipated continuation of Christian Perez’s series of articles on the major publications on Philippine birds throughout the years. This second part covers the remainder of the 18th century. Introduction Part 1 of this series of articles reviewed the ground-breaking works of Kamel, Brisson and Sonnerat. This second part…