The Coleto (Sarcops calvus).

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The Coleto (Sarcops calvus) on Siargao islandA Philippine Endemic

The Coleto (Sarcops calvus) on Siargao island
Songku Langit

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.

siargao coletoOf 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

The Coleto (Sarcops calvus) on Siargao island
The coleto: a distinctive Philippine endemic

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 Coleto (Sarcops calvus) on Siargao island
The coleto is often spotted on coconut trees

 

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.

 

 

The Coleto (Sarcops calvus) on Siargao island
Coleto in a gemalina tree

Coleto (Sarcops calvus)

 

 


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