Bird Conservation International

Research Article

The rediscovery of the Cebu Flowerpecker Dicaeum Quadricolor, with notes on other forest birds on Cebu, Philippines

Guy C. L. Dutsona1, Perla M. Magsalaya2 and Rob J. Timminsa3

a1 1 High Way, Broadstone, Dorset BH18 9NB, U.K.

a2 Philippine Wetland And Wildlife Conservation Foundation Inc., A. Sing Building, R. Duterte Street, Banawa, 6000 Cebu City, Philippines

a3 25 Cradley Road, Cradley Heath, Warley, West Midlands B64 6Ag, U.K.

Abstract

The Cebu Flowerpecker Dicaeum quadricolor, considered extinct since 1906, was rediscovered in a very small (<2 km2) patch of largely degraded forest near Tabunan, Cebu island, Philippines, in 1992. This patch also holds at least four of the five other bird forms endemic to Cebu that are known to be extant. There appears to be no other forest with any closed canopy elsewhere on the island, and the Tabunan site, although within the Central Cebu National Park, could disappear within five years (through clearance for firewood by local villagers) without immediate intervention.