Batanes and Babuyan Islands

Country/Territory Philippines
Area 0 km2
Altitude 0 - 0m
Priority -
Habitat loss -
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General characteristics

North of Luzon (EBA 151) in the Philippines there is a scattering of small islands, the Batanes and Babuyanes (see map, p. 464), some at least with a volcanic history, lying in the straits between the Philippine archipelago and Taiwan (EBA 149). Present there are two restricted-range species, Whistling Green-pigeon Treron formosae and Elegant Scops-owl Otus elegans; both occur also on Lanyu (Secondary Area s093) and Nansei Shoto (EBA 148), and T. formosae is also on Taiwan (EBA 149), but, as neither species occurs on the mainland of Luzon, the Batanes and Babuyanes are treated as a Secondary Area, separate from the Luzon EBA. T. formosae filipina is an uncommon and local resident in forest on Batan, Calayan, Camiguin Norte and Sabtang, and O. elegans calayensis is fairly common in forest or forest edge on Batan, Calayan and Sabtang (Dickinson et al. 1991).

Restricted-range species

Species IUCN Category
(Treron formosae) NR
Ryukyu Scops-owl (Otus elegans) NT

Important Bird Areas (IBAs)
IBA Code Site Name Country
PH001 Batanes Islands Philippines

Threat and conservation

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Endemic Bird Areas factsheet: Batanes and Babuyan Islands. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 28/01/2023.