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Key words: Babuyan Channel, East Asia-Australasian Flyway, Important Bird Area, Philippines, seabird fauna
This paper is the first comprehensive report of seabirds in the Babuyan Channel, Northern Luzon, Philippines. We compiled photographic evidence of seabird sightings during cetacean surveys in this region from 2000 to 2015. A total of 18 species were recorded, of which two species were new country records and a further five species were new area records. Our results provide novel knowledge on the distribution of some of these species. They further highlight the importance of the Babuyan Channel to the East Asia-Australasian Flyway, and support the designation of the Babuyan Marine Corridor as a high priority area for conservation and an Important Bird Area in the Philippines. Extensive surveys in the Babuyan Marine Corridor dedicated to seabirds are recommended to continue to identify species and to contribute to the knowledge of seabird distribution and migration patterns.
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