Saturday, April 28, 2007

Rare

It may look like a regular, everyday, run-of-the-mill pigeon hiding behind that leaf.....Luzon Bleeding Heart Pigeon 02

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but it's actually a RARE species of pigeon known as the "Bleeding Heart Pigeon"....
Luzon Bleeding Heart Pigeon
It's rare because it's only found in the Philippines, and because it is being theatened by hunting, and deforestation. Five separate species have evolved on different islands of the Phillipines: Mindoro (Gallicolumba platenae), Negros (Gallicolumba keayi), Mindanao (Gallicolumba criniger), Sulu (Gallicolumba menagei), and this particular one, which is the Luzon Bleeding Heart Pigeon (Gallicolumba luzonica). As its name indicates, it is found on the island of Luzon, but also on the Pollilo Islands. It's scientific name not only alludes to the bird's home island, but to its character as well... galli=chicken and columba=dove.... in fact, this bird spends most of it's life on the forest floor, much like a chicken, foraging for food. It will fly up to low lying branches to roost, or nest. It is very shy, quiet, and quite stealthy. I'm hoping it only stays rare, and never becomes endangered or extinct.

I took these pictures at the Eagle Point Dive Resort in Anilao, Batangas, where they have an aviary.
Luzon Bleeding Heart Pigeon

Happy Photohunting folks!

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49 comments:

pat said...

Wow - I have never seen a bird like that. It is really quite beautiful.

Incog & Nito said...

That is a beautiful bird. Happy weekend.

Gina said...

It would be a shame if that beautiful bird becomes extinct. =(

Have a nice weekend Angelo!

Heidi said...

Neat pictures. I never thought I would think a pigeon would be so interesting!

Heart of Rachel said...

Hi Angelo. Thanks for sharing about this beautiful bird. I hope that all the efforts focused for this bird's rehabilitation will be successful.

ghee said...

nice pics,Angelo!i really love birds!i havent seen this bleeding heart pigeon..is the red thing on its chest shaped like a heart?the reason for its name?

happy weekend,Angelo!God bless you and good luck to your exams.try to get away from stresses,its not good to your heart.take good care of your heart.. :D

Crazy Working Mom said...

Wow, what a beautiful bird. Thank you SO much for sharing. I hope that it never becomes extinct!

Have a great weekend.

Barbara H. said...

If you had not told me its name I would have thought it had hurt itself and was bleeding. I have never heard of that type of pigeon before. I hope it never goes extinct. Great shot for today, and thanks for stopping by!

Gattina said...

How interesting ! I have never seen a pigeon with a red spot in my life ! First I thought a pigeon which dropped in Ketchup, lol before reading your text !

Jane said...

Neat pictures and information!

Puss-in-Boots said...

We have heaps of feral top knot pigeons that are just a nuisance. That is a beautiful bird and the scarlet feathers are quite unique.

Jenn in Holland said...

Wow, what a cool looking bird. Thanks for the information too. I love that learning new things thing!

MeL said...

Ang ganda nga nyan. Kaya pala sya tinawag na Bleeding Heart Pigeon because of the red mark on its chest. Ang galing. :) Sana may pix ka rin nun 4 pang rare pigeons.

superkimbo said...

What an interesting bird! I usually hate pigeons, but I think I could like one that's rare (instead of everywhere!).

mar said...

Beautiful bird, I have never seen a pigeon like this one!! happy saturday :)

Bengbeng said...

Hi Angelo, thanks for the pic. The bird is lovely. What a rare pleasure to see it

GEWELS said...

Beautiful bird. How odd nature can be.
Thanks for visiting

Maribeth said...

That is so cool! I have never seen anything like that. I also played.

Daisy said...

Poor birdie, I hope he does not become extinct. He is very beautiful. I like looking at birds.

jennyr said...

cooL! that is an awesome rare animal...great of u to have that pic! very fit to the theme!

Danella said...

I've never even heard of such a bird. How awesome, thank you for sharing.

Have a great weekend.

Dragonheart said...

That's a lovely bird! Certainly rare. It is sad that so many species are endangered and extinct. I hope the bleeding heart pigeon manages to recover. Wonderful photos for rare.

mousey said...

i dont know this bleeding heart pigeon exist. thanks for the pics and info.

tina said...

Wow... bleeding heart talaga... nice bird..sana mapadami ang lahi nila..

Leah said...

Nice photos Angelo. The bird I hope is taken care of well and that it will continue to propagate.

srp said...

I have heard of these pigeons but have never seen one before. They are lovely and a bit sad.

Shoshana said...

Wow, those are excellent pictures. I didn't even know about this, and I was in the Philippines the first 18 years of my life!

jmb said...

Great picture anyway. If you say it's rare I'm sure it is. Very pretty bird.

Captain Lifecruiser said...

Wow. That really is 100% rare! What a remarkable bird, very beautiful actually. I love birds, so I do hope that it will survive and spread more.

PastorMac's Ann said...

Terrific choice for The Hunt. Like nothing I've seen today. What an interesting bird. Thanks for stopping by for a visit.

CaRLJhiNG said...

hmmmm....nice blogspot in here...
one of a kind..
i enjoyed photohunting indeed!

pelf said...

Ooo la la.. Red heart, huh? I've never seen it in zoos, and I wonder whether they're tropical? Or temperate?

meeyauw said...

What a pretty little bird. I am appalled by how many species we are managing to make extinct and it has to stop. Your commentary was great.

meeyauw said...

Hi Angelo: it's so sweet for you to comment. This was a great weekend with a wonderful gentleman!

I kept hearing about that bakery from other teachers. Our school is on the other side of the Canadian border from it; I finally went!

I hope you have a wonderful week. I hope it goes by really quick so that I can have another great weekend!

iskoo said...

sana maparami ng aviary owner ang ganyang mga ibon, sayang talaga kung mawawala sila.

Patti said...

That's really beautiful. I never heard of such a bird.

Gattina said...

I hope you are not sick, because it's the first time you forgot Nermal !

ghee said...

oh yes!its really rare to see you lately *wink*

hows it going,Angelo?Hope you`re doing great despite of your toxic sked. :)

hugs to Nermal!!
have a nice sleep!!

sasha said...

There's quite a few of this bird in Manila Zoo, Angelo. I've some pics nga kaya lang malabo :)

Lovely birds!

Gattina said...

If you have some time, just read what happened to my poor Arthur ! He had his tail squeezed the poor thing !

haze said...

My father is from Negros, I should see this bird :)since I haven't been to my father's place! Informative and great research Angelo ! How's the result of your exam ?

ghee said...

Je vous manque, mon ami!! Although I dont want to disturb your studies :)

hey,im driving by myself na,and im having a good time..though always nervous at first..but i like the feeling,the mixed feelings of tensed and excitement.

God bless you,Angelo!Hope you`re trying to get away from stresses kahit na busy ka :)

hope nermal`s okay din,just like you. Have a good weekend,Angelo!!

tiffany said...

angelo...
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and!
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thanks again!
tiffany

Rey said...

Hey, I've seen this Pigeon in Davao... It is quite precious. Musta na, Ange?

meeyauw said...

Hi Angelo!
You've been tagged! Please play! See my blog for details!

Luna said...

That is a beautiful bird!
Have a nice Cats on Tuesday!

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Gattina said...

Has been quite a time that you have no time to blog, but try to find 7 random things about Nermal, I had been tagged and have to find 7 (!!) victims !

Puss-in-Boots said...

Yoohoo! Angelo...where aaaaaare you?

Maryam in Marrakesh said...

I love left-wing pigeons myself:-)

PS You have a typo in your entry on "threatened"