Interesting Facts About the Negros Bleeding-heart Pigeon

Written by Patrick
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The Negros bleeding-heart pigeon (Gallicolumba keayi) is one of the interesting birds to see in the Philippines.  Sadly, there aren’t so many of them in the wild nor in captivity.  And if we’re not careful, there won’t be any of them left in the years to come.

The Philippines may be a small country in terms of area but it is big on natural resources.  Its marine life is one of the richest in the world and it has the third highest number of endemic birds after Australia and Indonesia.  Truly, there is so much to see in the country in terms of flora and fauna on top of all the scenic natural formations.

Find out what makes a Negros bleeding-heart pigeon interesting.

Negros bleeding-heart pigeon Endemic to Negros and Panay

This species calls the islands of Negros and Panay their home.  In the early 2000s, Negros bleeding-heart pigeon has been sighted in Mount Kanlaon, Balinsasayaw Twin Lakes, southern Negros, and northwest Panay.

Negros bleeding-heart pigeon A very rare ground dove

Like most ground doves, this species favors the forest floor and makes nests in low epiphytic ferns.  They are ground feeders, mostly feeding on plant materials and occasionally on ground invertebrates but they can also be seen feeding and nesting on bushes or vines.  This natural tendency contributes to their vulnerability that further threatens their population.

Their population is critically endangered

Experts believe that there are only about 50 to 249 birds in existence and their population continues to decline due to hunting, pet trade, and habitat loss from illegal logging, forest conversion into farmland, mining, and road development. 

Blood-red marking

The species got its name from the blood-red marking in the center of its white chest.  The marking resembles a puncture wound but is narrower compared to other species of bleeding-hearts.

The crown, along with the nape and upper back is iridescent green while the rest of the upper part and wings are dark chestnut.

Conservation efforts

In 2007, the Center for Tropical Conservation Studies successfully bred one in captivity for the first time.  Captive breeding is currently being undertaken with plans of reintroduction in the future. 


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Patrick is an entrepreneur, digital nomad, explorer, and photographer. Patrick is always in search of fun and adventure. He is well travelled throughout the world, and although location independent, his home base is Phoenix, Arizona in the USA. Patrick loves island lifestyle which is no wonder why he is so interested in spending time in the Philippines with it’s over 7,000 islands. Patrick created this site to share his knowledge of and experiences in the Philippines with Filipinos as well as other foreigners.

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