|Location||Philippines, Region IX|
|Central coordinates||123o 23.00' East 8o 19.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A2|
|Altitude||0 - 1,186m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2001|
Site description Mt Dapiak and Mt Paraya lie to the east of Mt Malindang (PH107) in north-eastern Zamboanga del Sur Province, and rise to 980 and 1,186 m respectively. It has been reported that much of Mt Dapiak is denuded of forest, with only small patches of remnant secondary vegetation, but nearby Mt Paraya is reported to have approximately 80% intact forest. Much of this forest is likely to be lowland in type, with montane forest near the mountain peaks. However, little reliable information is available on this area because of its relative inaccessibility. The native Subanen tribe lives in these mountains.
Key Biodiversity Several of the threatened and restricted-range species of the Mindanao and Eastern Visayas Endemic Bird Area have been recorded on or near to Mt Dapiak, mainly during collecting expeditions in the 1950s, including Philippine Eagle. It is possible that the forests in this IBA will prove to have a similar avifauna to those of nearby Mt Malindang (PH107) and Mt Sugarloaf (PH109), and it could prove to have a more intact lowland avifauna than these other IBAs.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Philippine Eagle Pithecophaga jefferyi||resident||2001||present||-||A1||Critically Endangered|
|Spotted Imperial-pigeon Ducula carola||resident||2001||present||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|Giant Scops-owl Otus gurneyi||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|
|Mindanao Broadbill Eurylaimus steerii||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|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Artificial - terrestrial||-|
Protection status Mt Paraya has been proposed as a provincial park by Zamboanga del Sur province as well as proposed for protection under the NIPAS by DENR Region 9.
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Mount Dapiak-Mount Paraya. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 02/08/2015
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