|Location||Philippines, Region II|
|Central coordinates||121o 50.00' East 18o 17.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A4i|
|Year of IBA assessment||2001|
Ornithological information Buguey Wetlands are an important staging and wintering area for migratory waterfowl, notably ducks and shorebirds. Some 3,000 5,000 ducks have been recorded in November, mostly Tree-ducks Dendrocygna sp and the threatened Philippine Duck. Up to 3,000 other waterfowl have been observed, and more than 1,000 shorebirds are regularly recorded there during AWC counts.
Site description Buguey Wetlands are on the north coast of Luzon, east of the mouth of the Cagayan River, and cover c.80% of Buguey Municipality. They are a complex of coastal lagoons, freshwater marshes, brackish and saline marshes, mangrove swamps and intertidal mudflats, with some fish ponds and shrimp ponds and a very large area of rice paddies. The wetland is an important area for rice and fisheries production.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Philippine Duck Anas luzonica||-||2001||present [units unknown]||-||A1, A4i||Vulnerable|
|Schrenck's Bittern Ixobrychus eurhythmus||winter||2001||present [units unknown]||-||A4i||Least Concern|
|Great Egret Casmerodius albus||unknown||2001||present [units unknown]||-||A4i||Least Concern|
|Intermediate Egret Mesophoyx intermedia||unknown||2001||present [units unknown]||-||A4i||Least Concern|
|Philippine Hawk-eagle Nisaetus philippensis||-||2001||present [units unknown]||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|Little Tern Sterna albifrons||unknown||2001||present [units unknown]||-||A4i||Least Concern|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Artificial landscapes (terrestrial)||major|
Management considerations The Buguey Wetlands are threatened by further conversion of mangroves and marsh to other uses. The extent of the mangroves has been greatly reduced by the creation of shrimp and fishponds, and this destruction continues. Waterfowl hunting, although illegal, is widespread, and there is extensive use of pesticides by the rice farmers. Ducks and egrets frequently feed in the rice paddies, and there have been incidents of birds dying from poisoning.
Protection status Not officially protected.
References References: Custodio (1996); Davies et al. (1990); Scott (1989).
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