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Location Philippines, Region IX
Central coordinates 119o 49.00' East  4o 53.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A2
Area 4,400 ha
Altitude 0 - 14m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

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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.

Key Biodiversity 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.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Sulu Racquet-tail Prioniturus verticalis resident  2001  present  A1  Critically Endangered 
Philippine Cockatoo Cacatua haematuropygia resident  2001  present  A1  Critically Endangered 


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

Protection status Not officially protected.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Simunul and Manuk Manka Islands. Downloaded from on 26/10/2016

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