|Location||Philippines, Region I,Region III|
|Central coordinates||120o 10.00' East 15o 36.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A2|
|Altitude||990 - 2,037m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2001|
Site description This IBA includes the large mountain range that extends north to south from South-eastern Pangasinan Province southwards along the border between Zambales and Tarlac Provinces. The mountains reach a maximum altitude of 2,037 m at Mt High Peak, and there are several other peaks over 1,000 m, including Mt Dinampang and Mt Iba. A large block of old growth forest is shown in these mountains on recent forest cover maps, composed of closed canopy dipterocarp and mossy forest ranging in elevation from 990 m to the highest peaks. Ground-based surveys in 1992 confirmed the presence of a large expanse of virtually untouched forests around Mt High Peak.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Flame-breasted Fruit-dove Ramphiculus marchei||resident||2001||present||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|Spotted Imperial-pigeon Ducula carola||resident||2001||present||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|Green-faced Parrotfinch Erythrura viridifacies||resident||2001||present||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Manleluang||National Park||105||protected area contained by site||105|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Artificial - terrestrial||minor|
Other biodiversity An extremely healthy population of horseshoe bats, of the poorly known family Rhinolophidae, has been found, plus the Endangered Luzon Pygmy Fruit-bat Otopteropus cartilagonodus, previously known only from six specimens. The threatened golden-crowned flying fox Acerodon jubatus is also reported to occur in the area. Surveys in 1992 recorded a total of 17 individuals of a skink, Sphenomorphus beyeri, which was previously known from a single specimen collected in the 1920s, and found another skink, Lipinia sp., which may represent a new species.
Protection status Not officially protected.
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Zambales mountains. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 01/08/2014
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