This recently recognized species is
undergoing a continuing rapid decline owing to widespread reduction in
forest cover within its range, and is now assumed to have a small
population that is becoming increasingly severely fragmented. It
therefore qualifies as Vulnerable.
Habitat destruction and intensive
hunting are the main threats.
clearance within its altitudinal range has been extensive. Just
remained forested in 1988 (now considered a considerable
overestimate), with most lowland forest leased to logging concessions
and mining applications.
at Bislig is being cleared as part of a concession, and
re-planted with exotic tree species for paper production. Almost all
forest below 1,200 m has been felled at Mt Kitanglad. On Basilan,
logging operations in the 1960s, followed by clearance for agriculture
and increased hunting, have undoubtedly affected the species.
There are recent records from one
protected area, Mt Kitanglad Natural Park, and older records derive from
areas now within the Mt Apo Natural Park, Mt Malindang National Park, Mt
Matutum Forest Reserve (proposed as a national park) and Mt
Hilong-hilong Watershed Reserve. Basilan is ostensibly a national park,
but lacks effective protection.
*Conduct fieldwork to assess
abundance, elevational range and habitat requirements at key sites.
*Carry out surveys to assess whether the species is (still) present in
poorly surveyed areas of
(e.g. Mts Hilong-hilong, Matutum, Mayo and Three Kings). *Ensure
the effective protection of remaining forest at (possible) key sites.
Use Your Browser's
Back Button to return to the Previous Page