As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Monday, 17 September 2012

Rare birds spotted at La Mesa Ecopark

MANILA, Philippines – Several new bird species found a new haven in Metro Manila’s La Mesa Ecopark.

Bird watchers from the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines recently spotted rare bird species called Ashy Thrush Zoothera cinerea at the vicinity of the La Mesa Ecopark (LME), a 33-hectare public park within the La Mesa Watershed in Quezon City.

Red-bellied pitta
Photo: Wikipedia
Ashy Thrush’s discovery at the La Mesa Ecopark was accidental. The group of bird watchers was actually looking for a Red-bellied Pitta Pitta erythrogaster that was also reported to be in the park when they spotted the small, elusive, ground dwelling thrush whose natural habitats are on subtropical or tropical moist lowland and mountain forests.

More information on ashy thrush:

More information on red-bellied pitta:

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