The Tawi-Tawi Brown Dove

Phapitreron cinereiceps

Illustration of a Tawi-Tawi Brown Dove from Birdlife International.

The Tawi-Tawi Brown Dove is recognized by its rust-colored belly and a purplish gloss-brown behind its neck. It can only be found on two small islands in southern-most Philippines: Tawi-Tawi and Sanga-Sanga1.

The Tawi-Tawi Brown Dove can only be found on two small islands in the Philippines: Tawi-Tawi and Sanga-Sanga.

The Tawi-Tawi Brown Dove is apparently shy, and coupled with its generally brown plumage, it can be hard to find in the wild. However its song is fairly distinct, sounding like a series of hooting notes in a sequence similar to that of a bouncing ping-pong ball approaching rest1.

Listen to the song of the Tawi-tawi Brown Dove yourself here!:

The Tawi-tawi Brown Dove is an endangered species2

Unfortunately there are no protected areas in these islands. Forest clearances are then followed by either oil-palm or cassava plantations. Together with the harvesting of wood for fuel and stilt-house building, and a new emerging threat of mining in Languyan, Tawi-Tawi, the Tawi-Tawi Brown dove is deemed endangered by the IUCN2.

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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1. Birdlife species factsheet on the Tawi-tawi Brown Dove.

2. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: Tawi-tawi Brown Dove (Phapitreron cinereiceps)