Anonang-Lobi Range

Country/territory: Philippines

IBA Criteria met: A1, A2 (2001)
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Area: 107,625 ha

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Site description
The Anonang-Lobi mountain range runs from north to south through western Leyte, and includes Mt Lobi, Mt Burauen Graben and Mt Camaiyak. The highest peak, Mt Lobi, rises to 1,346 m. A large block of old growth forest was shown there on recent forest cover maps, but this forest is actually mostly secondary growth in the lowlands which covers c.38% of the area and mossy forest which covers c.16%. Agricultural areas cover c.46%.

Key biodiversity
Many of the threatened and restricted-range species of the Mindanao and Eastern Visayas Endemic Bird Area have been recorded in or near to the Anonang-Lobi range. These include all three species endemic to the Eastern Visayas, Samar Hornbill, Visayan Broadbill and Yellow-breasted Tailorbird. Many of these birds were collected there during expeditions in the 1960s, but there is little recent information on their status. There is clearly a need for more survey work, in particular to determine the importance of the forests on the Anonang-Lobi range and elsewhere on Leyte as part of the network of sites required for the conservation of the critically endangered Philippine Eagle.

Non-bird biodiversity: The Philippine Deer Cervus mariannus, Philippine Warty Pig Sus philippensis and Philippine Tarsier Tarsius syrichta are also found here.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Anonang-Lobi Range. Downloaded from on 05/12/2022.