Mactan, Kalawisan and Cansaga Bays

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
Chinese Egret Egretta eulophotes VU non-breeding 1987 present A1
Pacific Golden Plover Pluvialis fulva LC winter 1986-1987 common A4i
Charadrius mongolus NR winter 1986-1987 common A4i
Grey-tailed Tattler Tringa brevipes NT passage 1986-1987 710 individuals A4i
Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia LC winter 1986-1987 common A4i
Common Redshank Tringa totanus LC winter 1986-1987 common A4i

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


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Mangrove forest (tropical) -
Artificial/Terrestrial -
Marine Coastal/Supratidal -
Marine Intertidal -
Marine Neritic -
Artificial/Aquatic & Marine -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Mactan, Kalawisan and Cansaga Bays. Downloaded from on 27/02/2024.