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Location Philippines, Region III,Region IV
Central coordinates 121o 22.00' East  14o 51.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A2
Area 50,000 ha
Altitude 0 - 1,448m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

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Site description Mt Irid and Mt Angilo are located on the boundaries between the provinces of Bulacan, Quezon and Rizal, about 40 km to the north-east of Metro Manila, in the southern Sierra Madre mountains. Despite the close proximity to the city, there are very few roads into these rugged mountains, and they are sparsely populated. An extensive stand of what appeared to be old growth dipterocarp forest was located there (above 400 m) during a recent forest mapping survey (SOURCE?). Mt Irid rises to 1,448 m and Mt Angilo to 1,315 m, so there must be areas of montane forest around their peaks, but there are also likely to be substantial areas of lowland forest on the slopes.

Key Biodiversity This IBA is virtually unknown ornithologically, although there is an old record of Philippine Eagle near its western boundary. The extensive lowland and montane forests which are reported to remain there could prove to be important for the eagle, and to support populations of many of the other threatened and restricted-range birds of the Luzon Endemic Bird Area. The avifauna could prove to be similar to that of nearby Angat Dam (PH019) and the IBAs further north in the Sierra Madre.

Non-bird biodiversity: No mammal and herpetofaunal surveys have yet been conducted in this IBA.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Philippine Eagle Pithecophaga jefferyi resident  2001  present  A1  Critically Endangered 

IBA Monitoring

2013 very high not assessed medium
unset
Unknown

Agricultural expansion and intensification annual & perennial non-timber crops - shifting agriculture happening now some of area/population (10-49%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Energy production and mining mining and quarrying likely in short term (within 4 years) majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Over-exploitation, persecution and control of species logging & wood harvesting - unintentional effects: subsistence/small scale happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Transportation and service corridors roads and railroads happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium

Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation  A comprehensive and appropriate management plan exists that aims to maintain or improve the populations of qualifying bird species  Some limited conservation initiatives are in place  medium 

Habitats

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

Protection status Not officially protected.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Mounts Irid-Angilo and Binuang. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 29/12/2014

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