We have focused on species that are endemic to Negros and Panay, but the islands host many more species with a wider geographical range. Some of them are resident of the Philippines and Southeast Asia, while others are migratory species that breed in northeast Asia during the northern summer and spend the winter in the Philippines or fly through on their way further south. The mudflats of Barangay Tibsoc in San Enrique, Negros Occidental, are a major stop for migrants along what is called the East Asia Flyway, and one of the best sites in the country to observe migratory birds such as gulls, terns, plovers, sandpipers, ducks, herons and many others. The migratory birds of Tibsoc will be the subject of a future article on the birds of Negros.
Christian Perez is a bird watching enthusiast, a collector of old Philippine maps, and former IT Director of the Asian Development Bank