The Negros Bleeding-Heart Pigeon (Gallicolumba keayi), a sight to behold in the Philippine forests, is a critically endangered bird. This medium-sized ground dove is roughly 10 inches long and has iridescent greenish-blue feathers on its head and chest. The namesake feature is a vibrant red patch in the center of its white underparts, resembling a bleeding heart.

These shy birds prefer the forest floor in primary lowland forests, up to 1,000 meters above sea level. They forage for invertebrates and fruits on the ground, only taking flight when startled. Sadly, their forest habitat is disappearing due to logging and development. Hunting and the illegal pet trade further threaten their dwindling population.

Conservation efforts are underway, including breeding programs in captivity. However, with only a few mature individuals remaining, the pigeon desperately needs continued protection to prevent its disappearance from the Philippine islands.

Where to see the Negros Bleeding-heart Pigeon?

Spotting a Negros Bleeding-heart pigeon in the wild is difficult due to their critically low numbers. Responsible birding tours wouldn’t target them to avoid further stress.

However, the good news is that some conservation areas offer chances to see their habitat. The Northwest Panay Peninsula Natural Park (Panay) and Bayawan Nature Reserve (Negros) are prime examples. While sightings aren’t guaranteed, your visit supports park protection efforts crucial for this bird’s survival.


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