Rajah Sikatuna Protected Landscape

IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2001 because it was regularly supporting significant populations of the species listed below, meeting ('triggering') IBA criteria.

Populations meeting IBA criteria ('trigger species'):
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) Population estimate at site IBA criteria met
Philippine Duck Anas luzonica VU resident 1980-1989 present A1
Mindanao Bleeding-heart Gallicolumba crinigera VU resident 1990-1999 present A1, A2
Philippine Eagle-owl Bubo philippensis VU resident 1994 present A1
South Philippine Hawk-eagle Nisaetus pinskeri EN resident 1980-1989 present A1
Mindanao Hornbill Penelopides affinis LC resident 1990-1999 common A2
Northern Silvery Kingfisher Ceyx flumenicola NT resident 1997 present A1, A2
Rufous-lored Kingfisher Todiramphus winchelli VU resident 1990-1999 present A1
Philippine Cockatoo Cacatua haematuropygia CR resident 1989 12 individuals A1
Azure-breasted Pitta Pitta steerii VU resident 1980-1999 18 individuals A1, A2
Visayan Wattled Broadbill Sarcophanops samarensis VU resident 1980-1999 frequent A1, A2
Yellow-breasted Tailorbird Orthotomus samarensis NT resident 1990-1999 frequent A2
Streaked Reed-warbler Acrocephalus sorghophilus CR winter 1985 present A1
Striated Wren-babbler Ptilocichla mindanensis LC resident 1990-1999 frequent A2

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2001).

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Rajah Sikatuna Protected Landscape 10,453 protected area overlaps with site 9,023
Chocolate Hills Natural Monument 14,145 protected area overlaps with site 0


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial/Terrestrial -
Forest -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Rajah Sikatuna Protected Landscape. Downloaded from on 08/12/2023.