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Location Philippines, Region IX
Central coordinates 121o 6.00' East  5o 58.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A2
Area 213 ha
Altitude 0 - 790m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

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Site description Jolo (= Sulu) is the largest of the Sulu Islands. It has been reported to be almost entirely deforested, but recent observations from the air indicate that the numerous steep ridges on the island retain some forest cover. Some open forest certainly remains in Mt Dajo National Park, which includes the largest mountain on the island. The paucity of recent information on the birds and habitats of Jolo is a result of the political instability there, which has prevented any biological survey work.

Key Biodiversity Several of the threatened and restricted-range species of the Sulu archipelago Endemic Bird Area were recorded on Jolo in the past, but there is no recent information on their status there. The forests in Mt Dajo National Park, and possibly elsewhere on the island, are likely to support populations of some of these birds.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Grey Imperial-pigeon Ducula pickeringii resident  2001  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Rufous-lored Kingfisher Todiramphus winchelli resident  2001  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Sulu Hornbill Anthracoceros montani resident  2001  present  A1  Critically Endangered 
Sulu Pygmy Woodpecker Picoides ramsayi resident  2001  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Philippine Cockatoo Cacatua haematuropygia resident  2001  present  A1  Critically Endangered 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Mount Dajo National Park 211 is identical to site 211  


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

Protection status Mt Dajo National Park (213 ha) was declared by Proclamation No. 261 on 28 February 1938.

References Diesmos and Pedregosa (1995).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Mount Dajo National Park. Downloaded from on 28/10/2016

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