What are these small birds in the Philippines that can hover like hummingbirds? They had yellow throats/necks, chests, bellies, slightly curved beaks, and brown backs and heads. They were only slightly bigger than a human thumb. They are not commonly spotted in the area where these pictures were taken.
I searched online and found a Wikipedia article about the yellow-bellied whistler AKA Philippine whistler (Pachycephala philippinensis), a bird that looks similar and is endemic to the Philippines. However, the picture in the article showed a bird with a straight beak and no yellow throat. So I’m not sure if these birds are the same species or not.
These photos were taken on May 28, 2023, in a rural backyard located in Western Visayas, Philippines. The area is abundant with plants and trees. Due to the proximity of a typhoon, the weather was cloudy and windy, and it started raining shortly after these photos were taken. The birds seemed to be a couple, playing and hovering around a guyabano tree.
Photos of the birds hovering:
Photos of the birds perched on a tree branch — there are two birds in each of the following three photos:
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Cropped photos of the birds perched on a tree branch:
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