|Location||Philippines, Region IX,Region X|
|Central coordinates||123o 38.00' East 8o 13.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A2|
|Altitude||762 - 2,425m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2001|
Site description Mt Malindang is the highest mountain on the Zamboanga Peninsula in western Mindanao. The Malindang range is included in a national park, the boundaries of which define the IBA. Other mountains in the park include Dapitan Peak and Mt Bliss, and there are several waterfalls and a mountain lake, called Duminagat, at 1,500 m. The park has c.24,500 ha of forest and c.14,300 ha of open cultivated lands. A small portion of the forest area (7%) has been converted to permanent farmland, or is now abandoned farmland. Over 50% of the forest can be classified as lower montane and over 30% as upper montane or mossy forest. There is very little lowland forest left (about 2.5%), often in patches interspersed among secondary scrub, which totals to about 5% of the area. Mt Malindang National Park is the major source of water for the adjoining provinces of Misamis Occidental, Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga del Sur.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Japanese Night-heron Gorsachius goisagi||winter||1956||present||-||A1||Endangered|
|Nisaetus philippensis||resident||1956||present||-||A1||Not Recognised|
|Philippine Eagle Pithecophaga jefferyi||resident||1956-1998||present||-||A1||Critically Endangered|
|Mindanao Bleeding-heart Gallicolumba crinigera||resident||1978||present||-||A1, A2||Vulnerable|
|Dark-eared Brown-dove Phapitreron brunneiceps||resident||1960-1969||present||-||A1, A2||Vulnerable|
|Spotted Imperial-pigeon Ducula carola||resident||1900-1915||present||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|Blue-capped Kingfisher Actenoides hombroni||resident||1963||present||-||A1, A2||Vulnerable|
|Rufous-lored Kingfisher Todiramphus winchelli||resident||1900-1915||present||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|Little Slaty Flycatcher Ficedula basilanica||resident||1956||rare||-||A1, A2||Vulnerable|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Mount Malindang||National Park||31,065||protected area contained by site||31,065|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Artificial - terrestrial||-|
Other biodiversity A threatened species of small mammal, Crocidura grandis, is known only from Mt Malindang, and many other mammal species endemic to Mindanao occur there.
Protection status Mt Malindang was designated as a National Park and Watershed Reserve through Republic Act No. 6266 on 19 June 1971. Currently, the park is under the management of the DENR-National Integrated Protected Areas Project with funding support from the European Union (EU-DENR NIPAP). The Mt Malindang mountain complex is being recommended by the DENR Region 10 to the DENR Central Office for Proclamation into a Protected Area under the NIPAS.
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Mount Malindang Natural Park. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 01/09/2014
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