White-throated Jungle Flycatcher

Rhinomyias albigularis

A photo of the White-throated Jungle Flycatcher by Jon Hornbuckle.

The White-throated Jungle Flycatcher's name explains what this seemingly ordinary-looking bird is all about. It is known for its white throat emphasized by an olive-brown bar across its chest1 and has the ability to take prey while in-flight! It likes shady, lower levels of forest located at the base of mountains. It was once found on multiple islands in the Western Visayas region of the Philippines but since the last record of it on the island of Guimaras was in 1887, it is presumed extinct there2. Today it can only be found on only two other islands in the Philippines: Panay and Negros3.

Listen to the song of the White-throated Jungle Flycatcher here!:
http://avocet.zoology.msu.edu/recordings/10824

The White-throated Jungle Flycatcher can only be found on the Philippine islands of Panay and Negros.

The White-throated Jungle Flycatcher is an endangered species2

Deforestation has led to its extinction on the island of Guimaras, and today, charcoal production, timber extraction, and shifting cultivation methods threaten it on the islands of Panay and Negros. An estimated 4% of Negros and 8% of Panay remained forested in 1988 and on one site called Ban-ban in Negros illegal logging and harvesting of tree ferns and rattans have led to the complete removal of forest there in 2007. Because of this data the IUCN has deemed it endangered2.

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 White-throated Jungle Flycatcher (Rhinomyias albigularis).

2. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: Rhinomyias albigularis (White-throated Jungle Flycatcher).

3. Birdlife species factsheet on the White-throated Jungle Flycatcher.