Scolopax bukidnonensis Kennedy, Fisher, Harrap, Diesmos & Manamtam, 2001
Forktail. Published by Oriental Bird Club. 17 p.3
The Bukidnon Woodcock, Scolopax bukidnonensis, is a medium sized wader. It was only described as new to science as recently as 2001, although the initial specimens had been collected on Luzon in the 1960s, these were originally misidentified as Eurasian Woodcock specimens. It was not until the bird was heard calling in 1993, and new specimens obtained on Mindanao in 1995, that it was realised that the species was new.
This species is restricted to mountain forests (over 1000 m above sea level) on the islands of Mindanao (4 mountaintops) and Luzon (center and north) in the Philippines. Its habitat is extremely remote and rugged, and is unsuitable for either logging or agriculture, and it is listed as Least Concern by the IUCN.
Little is known about the bird in the wild. It is described as having a "roding" display flight like other birds of the genus.
* BirdLife International (2004). Scolopax bukidnonensis. 2006. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2006. www.iucnredlist.org. Retrieved on 12 May 2006.
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