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The Mindanao bleeding-heart (Gallicolumba crinigera), also known as Bartlett's bleeding heart dove, Barlett's bleeding heart pigeon and the hair-breasted bleeding heart, has a blood red patch on the breast, hence the common name. It is one of 11 bleeding-heart species and is only found in the Philippines – three subspecies of the Mindanao bleeding-heart are distributed over six islands. The red on this species of bleeding-heart dove is larger and of a darker shade of red than other bleeding-heart doves. The scientific name of the Mindanao bleeding-heart hints at the behaviour of this bird. Galli means chicken and columba means pigeon, and this is a pigeon spends much of its time on the ground searching for food, like a chicken. The Mindanao bleeding-heart is a very shy bird, and its tendency to conceal itself may be why it is rarely encountered. When threatened, it prefers to run rapidly away, rather than fly. Its natural habitat is tropical moist lowland forests. It is threatened by habitat loss and overhunting.
Mindanao bleeding heart pigeon