Friday, May 11, 2018

The Kulo-kulo

BOTH AMUSING AND SAD to see that the Mt. Iglit-Baco National Park website put out this information as trivia for last year's Valentine's Day. The Mindoro bleeding-heart pigeon (Gallicolumba platenae), called kulo-kulo by Mangyans (possibly from the boiling sound of its coo), lado, manatad, punay, manuk-manuk or puñalada (from the Spanish ''stabbed'') by locals, is a ground dove endemic to the island of Mindoro. Only about 400 of these birds exist in the wild today, mainly in the lowland forests of Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro and around Lake Naujan, Oriental Mindoro. Haribon Foundation is the most accessible organization to contact if you want to get involved in the effort to save this critically endangered Mindoro jungle denizen.

kulo-kulo tagged for monitoring

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