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Location Philippines, Region IV
Central coordinates 121o 20.00' East  15o 40.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A2
Area 5,676 ha
Altitude 200 - 1,000m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Haribon Foundation

Site description Maria Aurora Memorial Park lies inland from the towns of Baler and Maria Aurora in central Aurora Province and eastern Nueva Ecija, close to the border with Nueva Vizcaya. It is a short distance to the north of Mt Dingalan (PH018). The main habitats in the park are lowland rainforest, montane forest and secondary scrub, and there are also areas of arable land (including rice paddies), small settlements and rural gardens. The maximum altitude of the park is reported to be 1,000 m, so the main forest type inside the park must be lowland dipterocarp, with only limited areas of montane forest. Land uses inside the park include both permanent and shifting agriculture (kaingin) and forestry.

Key Biodiversity Several of the threatened and restricted-range species of the Luzon Endemic Bird Area have been recorded in or near to Maria Aurora Memorial Park. The recent sightings of Philippine Eagle there suggest that this IBA is an important part of the network of sites required to conserve the population of that species in the Sierra Madre mountains. Limited information is available on the status of other threatened or restricted-range birds in the park, but, like other IBAs in the Sierra Madre, it is likely that the avifauna there will prove to be similar to that of Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park (PH015).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Philippine Duck Anas luzonica resident  2001  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Philippine Eagle Pithecophaga jefferyi resident  2001  present  A1  Critically Endangered 
Nisaetus philippensis resident  2001  present  A1  Not Recognised 
Flame-breasted Fruit-dove Ramphiculus marchei resident  2001  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Spotted Imperial-pigeon Ducula carola resident  2001  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Green Racquet-tail Prioniturus luconensis resident  2001  present  A1  Endangered 
Whiskered Pitta Pitta kochi resident  2001  present  A1  Near Threatened 
Luzon Water-redstart Rhyacornis bicolor resident  2001  present  A1  Vulnerable 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Aurora Memorial Park National Park 7,090 protected area contains site 5,676  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest   major
Artificial - terrestrial   major

Protection status Aurora Memorial Park was proclaimed by virtue Proc. No.774 in 11 August 1941 and Proc. No. 130 in August 11, 1941. It is proposed as a Protected Landscape and Seascape under NIPAS.

References References: Haribon Foundation (1998).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Aurora Memorial National Park. Downloaded from on 25/10/2016

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