Mountain shrike Lanius validirostris News
About Mt. Fato
The rocky sister of Mt. Kupapey, Mt. Fato, got its name from its rocky summit. In Maligcong dialect, fato means "bato" or rocks. The trail en route to its summit is beginner-friendly. It would take around an hour or two to reach the summit depending on your pace. The first part of the trail is a cemented staircase before it gets rocky and muddy (it rained the previous night), with some trace of blue soil similar to Sagadas Blue Soil Hills. The entire trail was covered with Pine trees and a short mossy area before reaching the summit.
The Mountain Shrike is a high elevation endemic found only in the islands of Luzon, Mindoro and Mindanao. It prefers clearings and open areas adjacent to montane forest and is a prolific hunter, preying on lizards, small mammals like rodents and shrews and frogs. It likes to perch on branches near clearings as these provide good vantage points while looking for prey.
These are recent videos of a nice pair from Mt. Polis taken during our recently concluded 2015 Tours.
Here is a video of an adult and an immature Mountain Shrike from Mt. Polis in the Cordilleras of Northern Luzon, Philippines.
The Mountain Shrike (or Grey-capped Shrike) is an uncommon endemic found only in the islands of Luzon, Mindoro and Mindanao. It inhabits montane forests, usually perched conspicuously in clearings and forest edge above 1000 meters. Like most shrikes, it is very aggressive and has been observed impaling its prey on thorny bushes.
The adult bird was videoed November 2010 while the immature bird was videoed July.
Some rare HD video footage of a Mountain Shrike (Lanius validirostris, endemic to the Philippines) filmed in montane habitat.