|Location||Philippines, Region IX|
|Central coordinates||123o 13.00' East 7o 58.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A2|
|Altitude||0 - 1,527m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2001|
Site description Mt Sugarloaf is about 30 km inland from Pagadian City, to the south-west of Mt Malindang (PH107). The mountain rises to over 1,500 m, so the forests around the peak are montane. In 1997, the lowland forests on the slopes of Mt Sugarloaf were found to be heavily degraded, with kaingins up to an altitude of 900 m. Nearby Mt Pinukis, however, retained good forest cover and is therefore included in the IBA. It was estimated in 1997 that the forest on Mt Pinukis and adjacent mountains could total more than 22,000 ha.
Key Biodiversity Several of the threatened and restricted-range species of the Mindanao and Eastern Visayas Endemic Bird Area have been recorded on Mt Sugarloaf, including Philippine Eagle, mainly during a collecting expedition in 1969. Most of the species recorded then were lowland and mid-altitude forest specialists, including the threatened Silvery Kingfisher, Wattled Broadbill, Philippine Leafbird and Celestial Monarch, suggesting that the montane forests near the mountain peaks were not fully surveyed. It is likely that the avifauna of Mt Sugarloaf will prove to be similar to that of nearby Mt Malindang (PH107).
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Philippine Eagle Pithecophaga jefferyi||resident||2001||present||-||A1||Critically Endangered|
|Alcedo argentata||resident||2001||present||-||A1||Not Recognised|
|Blue-capped Kingfisher Actenoides hombroni||resident||2001||present||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|Mindanao Broadbill Eurylaimus steerii||resident||2001||present||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|Celestial Monarch Hypothymis coelestis||resident||2001||present||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|Little Slaty Flycatcher Ficedula basilanica||resident||2001||present||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|Philippine Leafbird Chloropsis flavipennis||resident||2001||present||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Artificial - terrestrial||-|
Protection status Not officially protected.
References Haribon Foundation (1998).
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