Sulu hornbill Anthracoceros montani News
Of the 32 hornbill species found in Asia, three are currently considered Critically Endangered with global extinction, according to IUCN criteria.
One of those, the helmeted hornbill (Rhinoplax vigil), is currently the focus of a conservation project by a recently formed Helmeted Hornbill Working Group. Another, the rufous-headed hornbill (Rhabdotorrhinus waldeni), is being studied under a project supported by BirdLife International.
Meanwhile, the Sulu hornbill (Anthracoceros montani) has the smallest population of any of the Critically Endangered hornbill species and must in fact be co ...
The Sulu hornbill or Montano's hornbill is a species of hornbill in the Bucerotidae family. It is endemic to the Philippines. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist montane forests. It is threatened by habitat loss.
This is the critically-endangered Sulu Hornbill, Anthracoceros montani This hornbill species is endemic to the islands of Tawi-Tawi, Sulu and Sanga Sanga. According to Birdlife International and the IUCN, this species "faces the possibility of imminent extinction" mainly due to the destruction of its forest home. The population estimate is around 40 individuals and most of the birds can now be seen only in the island of Panglima Sugala, in Tawi-Tawi. The Sulu and Sanga Sanga populations are believed to be extirpated.
Many thanks to the Municipality of Panglima Sugala, Tawi-Tawi and the 9th ...
On September 7, 36-year-old Bernie Apal and two companions were on their way to the barangay hall of Sibulan in Santa Cruz, Davao del Sur to get residence certificates. They tried to follow the short-cut way instead of the usual road going to the place.
The area was covered with trees as it was located in the foothills of Mount Apo, the country's highest peak. The three were talking while walking when Apal saw a bird that was entangled in tree-roots and was wrapped with perennial vine. Even though the bird was in a cliff, Apal decided to rescue it.
Apal, a Bagobo-Tagabawa farmer, thought ...
The Philippines supports an unusually high number of endemic hornbills, with at least eleven species and six subspecies being generally recognised (e.g. del Hoyo and Collar; Gonzalez et al 2013). Various other important changes are also proposed such as the re-assignment of both Aceros species to the Genus Rhabdotorrhinus, along with the (similarly formerly recognised) Sulawesi tarictic (P. exarhatus) thereby re-defining Penelopides as a Philippine endemic genus comprising no less than six species and four subspecies.
All that apart, all species of Philippine hornbills were already regarded ...
In five years, another species of Philippine hornbill will be extinct.
The prediction was made by conservationist Dr. William Oliver, director of the Philippines Biodiversity Conservation Foundation Inc.
"It is inevitable… It is really a depressing scenario," said Oliver during the opening of the Sixth International Hornbill Conference at the Ayala Museum on Wednesday.
"The future can be secured given sufficient effort, given sufficient priority and a load of other things. But it is absolutely inevitable that a large percentage of that stuff [species] has to go. [It] just has to hap ...