|Location||Philippines, Region IX|
|Central coordinates||119o 49.00' East 4o 53.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A2|
|Altitude||0 - 14m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2001|
Ornithological information Several of the threatened and restricted-range lowland forest species of the Sulu archipelago Endemic Bird Area were recorded on Simunul and Manuk Manka in the past, or reported by local people, but there is little recent information on their status on these islands.
Site description Simunul and Manuk Manka Islands lie to the south of Tawi-tawi (PH115), in the south of the Sulu archipelago. There is an area of forest on Simunul five kilometres south-west of Tubig Indangan village, but the total extent of the remaining forest cover there and on Manuk Manka is not known.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Philippine Cockatoo Cacatua haematuropygia||-||2001||present [units unknown]||-||A1||Critically Endangered|
|Blue-winged Racquet-tail Prioniturus verticalis||-||2001||present [units unknown]||-||A1||Critically Endangered|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Artificial landscapes (terrestrial)||-|
Protection status Not officially protected.
Conservation response Surveys are required in this IBA, to establish both the extent and quality of the remaining habitats and the current status of the threatened and restricted-range birds and other biodiversity.
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2013) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Simunul and Manuk Manka Islands. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 25/05/2013
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