by Tara Yap
November 25, 2015
Iloilo — By next year, researchers will find out how many of the endangered hornbill bird species still exist in Panay Island.
The Biodiversity Partnership Project of the Region 6 office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-6) will lead the first simultaneous hornbill count in the central Panay mountains.
In collaboration with the Philippine Biodiversity Conservation Foundation Inc. (PBCFI), the survey will try to establish the existence of hornbills, which are only endemic to Panay and Negros Islands.
Over the years, the International Union for Conservation of Nature has classified the Visayan Tarictic as endangered while the dulungan (also known as Rufous-Headed) hornbill as critically endangered.