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Location Philippines, Region VII
Central coordinates 124o 3.00' East  10o 16.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, A4iii
Area 5,800 ha
Altitude
Year of IBA assessment 2001

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Site description Olango is a low lying island off the east coast of Mactan Island (PH070). It lies between Cebu and Bohol Islands, 4 km east of Mactan and 15 km east of Cebu City. It is relatively accessible as it is close to Cebu Mactan International Airport. The main habitats include extensive intertidal coralline sand flats and mudflats, mangrove swamps, seagrass beds and coral reefs (note that the area given above includes about 2,900 ha of intertidal flats). There are coconut plantations and a few small areas of agricultural crops in the interior of the island, and the waters around the island support an important fishery. Olango Island is popular with visiting birdwatchers.

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, A4i  Vulnerable 
Great White Egret Ardea alba unknown  2001  present  A4i  Least Concern 
Chinese Egret Egretta eulophotes non-breeding  2001  present  A1, A4i  Vulnerable 
Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata winter  2001  present  A4i  Near Threatened 
Far Eastern Curlew Numenius madagascariensis winter  2001  present  A4i  Vulnerable 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds unknown  2001  20,000 individuals  unknown  A4iii   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 5,800 is identical to site 5,800  

Habitats

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

Protection status This IBA includes Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary (920 ha), which was declared by Proclamation No. 903 on 14 May 1992.

References Custodio (1996); Davies et al. (1990); Scott (1989).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Olango Island. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 29/07/2014

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