The Mindoro Bleeding-heart

Gallicolumba platenae

An illustration of a Mindoro Bleeding-heart from Birdlife International.

Part of a very distinctive group of Philippine birds called "Bleeding-heart doves", the elusive Mindoro Bleeding-heart has a distinct orange spot on its breast and spends most of its life on the forest floor. It can only be found on the Philippine island of Mindoro, mostly on its western and southern areas1.

The Mindoro Bleeding-heart dove can only be found on the Philippine island of Mindoro.

Not much is known about the Mindoro Bleeding-heart save for a few observations of it feeding at a fruiting fig tree, and descriptions of its nests that are made just one to two meters above the ground and have been found to contain two pale cream-colored eggs1.

Conservation efforts with the help of... prison inmates!2

Since the 1980's the Mindoro Bleeding Heart population dwindled down to four mere locations of native forest on the island of Mindoro. One of them, Mount Siburan, is the largest of them all and has been the focus of conservation efforts made by a collaboration between BirdLife International and Sablayan Prison, a penal colony adjacent to the forest2. The penal colony adopted the Mindoro Bleeding-heart as their flagship species for conservation and established forest protection and restoration within the boundaries of the penal colony inside the Mount Siburan area. As a result, hunting and trapping by local people and inmates has been totally eliminated in the area3, but additional research efforts and conservation efforts outside of the area still need to be made.

How you can help

The following organizations contribute not only to the conservation of this particular species, but to the diverse range of birds found in the Philippines.

The Wild Bird Club of the Philippines

Established in 2003, The Wild Bird Club of the Philippines is the pioneer bird watching club in the nation dedicated to promoting bird watching as a hobby and as a responsible way of enjoying the Philippines' most coveted natural habitats. The volunteer-led club contributes to the conservation of Philippine endangered birds by promoting bird watching as a healthy and recreational practice, encouraging responsible behavior from local communities and tourists alike, as well as environmentally-responsible policies from local governments and officials.

The Haribon Foundation

Started in 1972, Haribon, named after the Philippine Eagle's name in Filipino for "Bird King", gave birth to the Philippine environmental movement. Eventually coupling itself with international conservation organizations such as BirdLife International and the World Wildlife Fund, Haribon has contributed greatly not only to help establish conservation reserves and parks for Philippine birds and other species domestically, but to publications that put the Philippines on the map internationally in regards to its unique but endangered bird populations.

The Philippine Eagle Foundation

Since 1987 the Philippine Eagle Foundation has been focused on saving the Philippine Eagle and consequently saving hundreds of other species that live within its forest realms in the southern Philippine island of Mindanao. With the help of donors and grants, the foundation conducts research, rehabilitation, and captive breeding programs.

Help endangered birds worldwide

BirdLife International is the world's largest partnership of conservation organizations. 117 organizations make up this partnership in over 100 countries across the globe, including the Philippine's own Haribon Foundation. Together, they create bird mascots and flagships to help push for the conservation of endangered birds, consequently conserving the forests they reside and the other wildlife in these areas. By doing so they conserve biodiversity in these areas to improve the quality of people's lives and integrating bird conservation into sustaining people's livelihoods. A symbiotic relationship is then created between people and the environment, as opposed to the "one uses the other" practice that is currently established the world over.

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SOURCES

1. Arkive.org description on the Mindoro Bleeding-heart (Gallicolumba platenae).

2. Species Guardian Action Update for the Mindoro Bleeding-heart and the Black-hooded Coucal (PDF).

3. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: Gallicolumba platenae (Mindoro Bleeding-heart).