The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), through its Metropolitan Environmental Office-West, retrieved a Luzon Rufous hornbill (π˜‰π˜Άπ˜€π˜¦π˜³π˜°π˜΄ 𝘩𝘺π˜₯𝘳𝘰𝘀𝘰𝘳𝘒𝘹) in Barangay San Isidro, Makati City.
The bird was reportedly surrendered by a delivery rider to the Philippine National Police (PNP) Substation 3 in Makati and a request was made to the DENR for its retrieval. The rider, per police accounts, said he saw the bird along the streets of San Antonio, Makati City.
Upon receiving the request, MEO-West immediately assembled a team to retrieve the wild bird, locally known as β€œKalaw”, and brought it to the National Wildlife Research and Rescue Center at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife in Quezon City for temporary custody and care.
The Luzon Rufous hornbill – also called the Philippine hornbill in some scientific literature – is a large species of hornbill endemic to the Philippines. They are sometimes referred to by locals as the "clock-of-the-mountains" due to the bird’s large booming call which typically occurs every hour.
The bird is included in the Updated National List of Threatened Philippine Fauna of DENR (DAO No. 2019) and categorized as endangered. Its collection, hunting, or possession without a permit from DENR is punishable under Section 27 of Republic Act No. 9147 or Wildlife Resources Protection Act of 2021.
Those found guilty will face imprisonment of up to six (6) years and/or a fine of up to Five hundred thousand pesos (P500,000.00).