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Location Philippines, Region IX
Central coordinates 119o 29.00' East  4o 46.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A2
Area 9,300 ha
Altitude 0 - 131m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

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Site description Sibutu and Tumindao Islands lie to the south-east of Tawi-tawi Island, at the south-eastern end of the Sulu archipelago. Sibutu has much secondary forest, and forest is also reported to remain on Tumindao.

Key Biodiversity Several of the threatened and restricted-range species of the Sulu archipelago Endemic Bird Area have been recorded on Sibutu and Tumindao, but there is little recent information about their status there. It is likely that forests on these islands still support populations of some of these birds.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Chinese Egret Egretta eulophotes non-breeding  2001  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Grey Imperial-pigeon Ducula pickeringii resident  2001  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Sulu Racquet-tail Prioniturus verticalis 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 


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: Sibutu and Tumindao Islands. Downloaded from on 26/10/2016

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