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Location Philippines, Region VIII
Central coordinates 124o 48.00' East  11o 2.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A2
Area 107,625 ha
Altitude 800 - 1,346m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

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Site description The Anonang-Lobi mountain range runs from north to south through western Leyte, and includes Mt Lobi, Mt Burauen Graben and Mt Camaiyak. The highest peak, Mt Lobi, rises to 1,346 m. A large block of old growth forest was shown there on recent forest cover maps, but this forest is actually mostly secondary growth in the lowlands which covers c.38% of the area and mossy forest which covers c.16%. Agricultural areas cover c.46%.

Key Biodiversity Many of the threatened and restricted-range species of the Mindanao and Eastern Visayas Endemic Bird Area have been recorded in or near to the Anonang-Lobi range. These include all three species endemic to the Eastern Visayas, Samar Hornbill, Visayan Broadbill and Yellow-breasted Tailorbird. Many of these birds were collected there during expeditions in the 1960s, but there is little recent information on their status. There is clearly a need for more survey work, in particular to determine the importance of the forests on the Anonang-Lobi range and elsewhere on Leyte as part of the network of sites required for the conservation of the critically endangered Philippine Eagle.

Non-bird biodiversity: The Philippine Deer Cervus mariannus, Philippine Warty Pig Sus philippensis and Philippine Tarsier Tarsius syrichta are also found here.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Philippine Cockatoo Cacatua haematuropygia resident  2001  present  A1  Critically Endangered 
Philippine Eagle Pithecophaga jefferyi resident  2001  present  A1  Critically Endangered 
Nisaetus philippensis resident  2001  present  A1  Not Recognised 
Mindanao Bleeding-heart Gallicolumba crinigera resident  2001  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Philippine Eagle-owl Bubo philippensis resident  2001  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Alcedo argentata resident  2001  present  A1  Not Recognised 
Ceyx melanurus resident  2001  present  A1  Not Recognised 
Rufous-lored Kingfisher Todiramphus winchelli resident  2001  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Visayan Broadbill Eurylaimus samarensis resident  2001  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Azure-breasted Pitta Pitta steerii resident  2001  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Little Slaty Flycatcher Ficedula basilanica resident  2001  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Philippine Leafbird Chloropsis flavipennis resident  2001  present  A1  Vulnerable 

Habitats

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

Protection status Not officially protected.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Anonang-Lobi Range. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 22/12/2014

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