Meet the Philippine Bird With 'Rambutan' Eyelashes
One species of bird endemic to Luzon island in the Philippines has been sighted in the protected wildlife sanctuary of Masungi Georeserve. Dasylophus superciliosus, more commonly known as the red-crested malkoha, thrives in the tropical moist forest of Masungi.
The bird is listed as a species of least concern, according to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
The red-crested malhoka has a conspicuous crest characterized by fiery-red eyelashes-like streaks above its eyes. The edges of its tail are tipped with white, and a dark, bluish-green plumage covers the rest of the body.
The rough-crested malkoha is one of the thousands of species to find refuge in Masungi Georeserve. Among the other rare species recently discovered in this sanctuary include the indigo-banded Philippine Kingfisher, the critically endangered JC's vine, the vanishing species of flying fox, cloudrunners that look like pandas, and even prehistoric plant species older than dinosaurs.
Masungi currently faces threats from quarrying and mining companies seeking to exploit the soil and minerals under its forests.
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