The Chestnut-winged Cuckoo (Clamator coromandus), a rare migrant bird, was recorded in April 2016 in the little known Potipot Island, an island off the coast of Candelaria, Zambales. This species has a large range and stable population. It is found in China, Bangladesh. Burma. Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Phillippines, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh. However, in the Phillippines, previous records reveal that the bird species is widespread but rather rare.
The Chestnut-winged Cuckoo was sighted by Ms. Veronica Mercado, a bird watcher and a Science Research Analyst of the Urban Ecosystem Research Division, along with the research team led by Dr. Carmela Taguiam along with its members, Ms. Anne Lapie, and Mr.Rafael Sibal.
The bird is a non-threatened species. It has dark glossy upperparts, a black head with long crest chestnut wings, a long graduated glossy black tail, rufous throat, dusky underside, and a narrow white nuchal half collar. It behaves by staying low in the understory of the forest or scrub, and forages slowly (Kennedy et. al. 2000).
Potipot Island is approximately 5 to 6 hours drive manila. A number of local tourists have already been visiting its beach for its creamy white sand and crystal blue waters.
The sighting of the bird provided somehow an indication of the relative importance of sustaining the biodiversity of the island despite its high potential for ecoturism. Veronica Mercado, UERD