Site description (2001 baseline)
Quezon National Park lies the east of Lucena City, next to the main Maharlika Highway, on a limestone plateau of 10-15 km2. It is immediately to the north of Pagbilao and Tayabas Bay (PH026). The main habitat of the park is lowland evergreen rain forest, but the forest is heavily encroached and there are areas of kaingin and small settlements. However, reasonably tall forest still remains at its core, of taller stature than the forests of Angat Dam (PH019) to the north. Local people use the forests in the park as a source of timber and minor forest products. It is a popular destination for visiting birdwatchers, and for other forms of tourism and recreation
Quezon National Park is a popular site with birdwatchers, and many of the threatened and restricted-range birds of the Luzon Endemic Bird Area have recently been seen there, including the threatened Philippine Hawk-eagle, Philippine Kingfisher and Ashy Thrush. Although most of these species still occur in the park, the rapid decline and apparent extinction of the local population of Green Racquet-tail dramatically illustrates the negative effect that the on-going loss of habitat and other pressures are having on the populations of all of these birds in the park. If these pressures are not contained, this IBA could soon lose much of its value for biodiversity conservation.
Non-bird biodiversity: This IBA is reported to support the threatened Luzon-endemic Gray’s Monitor Lizard Varanus olivaceus.
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Quezon National Park. Downloaded from https://datazone.birdlife.org/site/factsheet/quezon-national-park-iba-philippines on 21/02/2024.