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Location Philippines, Region VII
Central coordinates 123o 46.00' East  10o 22.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A2
Area 420 ha
Altitude 400 - 900m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

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Site description This IBA is within Central Cebu National Park (CCNP), which was established under Proclamation No. 202 on 15 September 1937 (originally 15,393.58 ha), amended by Proclamation No. 835-A on 27 March 1971 (to 11,894 ha). The CCNP also lies adjacent to the older Sudlon National Park (SNP) in Cebu City, which was established on 11 April 1936 with Proclamation No. 56 (696 ha). Both parks overlap with the Kotkot and Lusaran River Watershed Forest Reserve (14,534 ha) that was established through Proclamation No. 932 on 29 June 1992.

Populations of IBA trigger species

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 
Streak-breasted Bulbul Ixos siquijorensis 2001  present [units unknown]  A1  Endangered 
Black Shama Copsychus cebuensis 2001  present [units unknown]  A1  Endangered 
Cebu Flowerpecker Dicaeum quadricolor 2001  present [units unknown]  A1  Critically Endangered 

Habitats

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

Other biodiversity The critically endangered Philippine Tube-nosed Fruit Bat Nyctimene rabori occurs at Tabunan. The forest patches in this IBA support a wide variety of trees and other plants, including the last known stands of Caningag or Cebu cinnamon tree Cinnamonum cebuensis, and at least 200 other native and endemic plant species, many of them threatened. Among the most important of these native plants are the leguminous vines called “Sampinit” which produces greenish-white flowers that are frequently visited by nectar-feeding birds such as sunbirds, white-eyes, bulbuls, starlings and flowerpeckers, notably the Cebu Flowerpecker.

Protection status This IBA is within Central Cebu National Park (CCNP), which was established under Proclamation No. 202 on 15 September 1937 (originally 15,393.58 ha), amended by Proclamation No. 835-A on 27 March 1971 (to 11,894 ha). The CCNP also lies adjacent to the older Sudlon National Park (SNP) in Cebu City, which was established on 11 April 1936 with Proclamation No. 56 (696 ha). Both parks overlap with the Kotkot and Lusaran River Watershed Forest Reserve (14,534 ha) that was established through Proclamation No. 932 on 29 June 1992.

References Brooks et al. (1995a); Dutson et al. (1993); Magsalay et al. (1995); Timmins (1992).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Tabunan. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 16/04/2014

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