This is considered a rare bird among bird enthusiasts here, and even among the local people. Even at home my mother only saw it twice in her lifetime. It was some kind of a myth because of its rarity, or maybe because it really is superstitiously always hiding from sight. Since it is white, i don't know if it is albino or real white. We are more familiar with the brown color with black head and tail. But definitely, i saw in the thicket that its partner is brown in color, although I failed to take its photo. The eyes are not red, so I guess it is not albino. I read somewhere that this bird has the beak and head of a crow but the tail of a pheasant. I am glad it did not have a black head with a white tail. That way it would certainly be more unusual. It just allowed me to take 3 shots, and then it flew away going to its brown partner.
It is the White Morph Philippine coucal, Centropus viridis, an endemic species.
look at that stance, it really is lovely
look at that tail, elegant
...there it is, eyeing me too!