|Location||Philippines, Region IVa|
|Central coordinates||117o 40.00' East 8o 48.00' North|
|Altitude||400 - 2,086m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2001|
Site description Mt Mantalingajan is in southern Palawan, and at 2,086 m is the highest mountain on the island. The Mantalingajan range includes an estimated 70,000 ha of montane mossy rainforest, with stunted forest on the exposed tops. There is lowland rainforest to the north-west of the mountains on the coastal plain, such as around the Ilog-Ilog river. To the south-east of the mountains, the forest has been cleared up to 800 m on the slopes, although some slope forest remains on the top of the flanking coastal ridge from about 400 m upwards. The transition from lowland to montane forest occurs at approximately 1,000 m. The forest becomes progressively stunted with the Mantalingajan peak appearing particularly so, and there are large areas of slope scoured by land-slides, with conifer regrowth occurring.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Palawan Peacock-pheasant Polyplectron napoleonis||resident||1980-1989||present [units unknown]||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|Philippine Duck Anas luzonica||resident||1984||present [units unknown]||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|Philippine Cockatoo Cacatua haematuropygia||resident||1980-1995||present [units unknown]||-||A1||Critically Endangered|
|Blue-headed Racquet-tail Prioniturus platenae||resident||1970-1979||present [units unknown]||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|Palawan Hornbill Anthracoceros marchei||resident||1993||present [units unknown]||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|Falcated Wren-babbler Ptilocichla falcata||resident||1978-1991||present [units unknown]||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|Palawan Flycatcher Ficedula platenae||resident||1985-1991||present [units unknown]||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Artificial landscapes (terrestrial)||-|
Other biodiversity The endangered Palawan soft-furred mountain rat Palawanomys furvus is known only from this IBA, which is also the type locality for the Palawan montane tree squirrel Sundasciurus rabori. Most of the other endemic Palawan mammals probably occur on Mt Mantalingajan. The rare and endemic Mary’s frog Micrixalus mariae is known only from the Mantalingajan range.
Protection status Not officially protected.
References Alcala and Brown (1998); Bruce (1980); Castañeda (1993).
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2013) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Mount Mantalingahan. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 12/12/2013
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