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Location Philippines, Region IV
Central coordinates 121o 28.00' East  12o 44.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A2
Area 4,000 ha
Altitude 100 - 1,000m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Haribon Foundation

Site description An area of forest lies inland from the road near to Bongabong, in the foothills below the eastern slopes of Mt Hitding. It was not visited during surveys in 1991, but when examined through binoculars from the road it appeared to be lowland forest. Very few signs of human encroachment were visible and the forest extended down to about 100 m altitude. Gradients were gentle on the lower slopes and forest extended to the mountain peak at about 1,000 m. There is thus a possibility that this is a surviving undisturbed forest extending from the lowlands to the mountain top.

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 
Spotted Imperial-pigeon Ducula carola resident  2001  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Black-hooded Coucal Centropus steerii resident  2001  present  A1  Critically Endangered 
Mindoro Hornbill Penelopides mindorensis resident  2001  present  A1  Endangered 
Scarlet-collared Flowerpecker Dicaeum retrocinctum resident  2001  present  A1  Vulnerable 


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

Other biodiversity This IBA is also likely to support some threatened mammals, including endemic subspecies of wild pigs.

Protection status Not officially protected.

References Diesmos and Pedregosa (1995); Dutson et al. (1992).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Mount Hitding. Downloaded from on 23/09/2014

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