The Coleto (Sarcops calvus).
A Philippine Endemic
The Coleto is another of the commonly seen birds on Siargao Island. Often spotted around forest edges and on coconut palms, the Coleto (sarcops calvus) is a Philippine endemic.
Of the more than 600 species of birds found around the archipelago, roughly a third of those are endemic, i.e. only found in the Philippines.
The Coleto, a kind of starling, is visually
distinctive with the pink skin covering its head making it unmistakable. Its call is a varied series of metallic-sounding clicks and has aptly been compared to the sounds of an orchestra warming up. The coleto’s diet is composed of fruit, insects and flower nectar.
The local name for the coleto is ‘songku langit‘ which means something like ‘bump (its head) on the heavens’ which takes into account its most striking visual feature.