|Location||Philippines, Region IVa|
|Central coordinates||122o 2.00' East 12o 24.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A2|
|Altitude||0 - 656m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2001|
Site description Tablas is the largest of the three main islands of Romblon Province, the other two being Romblon and Sibuyan (PH058). It covers 828 km2 and lies east of Mindoro and just north of Panay. While Sibuyan is very steep and difficult to cultivate, Tablas is relatively gentle in aspect with fertile plains and rolling hills which are under rice cultivation and coconuts, and the forest cover is now almost completely gone. The largest area of remnant forest on the island is the reserve forest in the Balogo watershed and the nearby Burburanan forest. The Balogo watershed is in the north of Tablas and appears to be on very infertile soil, which is probably why it has also not been cleared for agriculture or coconuts, but also means that the biological productivity is relatively low. Most of the remaining forest in the Balogo watershed forest was found in 1998 to be very low, about 3-5 m high, but on the summits of the hills and on the steep, southeast slope some original forest was still present.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Philippine Cockatoo Cacatua haematuropygia||-||2001||present [units unknown]||-||A1||Critically Endangered|
|Rufous-lored Kingfisher Todiramphus winchelli||-||2001||present [units unknown]||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|Philippine Dwarf-kingfisher Ceyx melanurus||-||2001||present [units unknown]||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|Streak-breasted Bulbul Ixos siquijorensis||-||2001||present [units unknown]||-||A1||Endangered|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Calatrava, San Andres San Agustin||Watershed Forest Reserve||2,570||protected area contained by site||2,570|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Artificial - terrestrial||-|
Other biodiversity The mammals of Tablas are virtually unknown, and thus more surveys are needed.
Protection status Not officially protected.
References Allen (in prep. a).
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Balogo Watershed. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 21/04/2014
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