|Location||Philippines, Region XII|
|Central coordinates||125o 16.00' East 7o 30.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A2|
|Altitude||1,100 - 1,448m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2001|
Ornithological information Several of the threatened and restricted-range species of the Mindanao and Eastern Visayas Endemic Bird Area have been recorded in or near to this IBA, including the threatened Philippine Eagle, Philippine Hawk-eagle, Mindanao Brown-dove and Philippine Leafbird. The Philippine Eagle has nested successfully on Mt Sinaka during the 1990s.
Site description Mt Sinaka is in the north-east of North Cotabato Province. There is forest remaining on the mountain between 1,100 and 1,448 m, including mossy forest above c.1,200 m, but the lower altitude forests are secondary or very badly degraded. This area was logged in the past, and the remaining forest is now surrounded with wide tracts of open grassland and agricultural land.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Philippine Eagle Pithecophaga jefferyi||-||2001||present [units unknown]||-||A1||Critically Endangered|
|Philippine Hawk-eagle Nisaetus philippensis||-||2001||present [units unknown]||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|Mindanao Brown-dove Phapitreron brunneiceps||-||2001||present [units unknown]||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|Philippine Leafbird Chloropsis flavipennis||-||2001||present [units unknown]||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Artificial landscapes (terrestrial)||-|
Management considerations The forests on Mt Sinaka have been affected by logging in the past, and encroachment for kaingin and the extraction of timber are currently causing habitat loss and degradation in the area.
Protection status Not officially protected.
Conservation response Mt Sinaka has been proposed as a NIPAS site by PENRO Kidapawan, Cotabato Province. The municipality of Arakan has declared the Philippine eagle breeding area as a Wildlife Sanctuary through Municipal Ordinance Resolution No. 12 series 1992. In the same year Mt Sinaka was declared as a watershed area. The community where the nest site is located is currently benefiting from a Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEFI) habitat protection program that was initiated in 1995.
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2013) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Mount Sinaka. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 23/05/2013
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