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Seabird fauna of the Babuyan Channel and adjacent waters, Northern Luzon, Philippines


Authors

SHOTARO NAKAGUN1,2, CYNTHIA ADELINE A. LAYUSA1,3 & JO MARIE V. ACEBES1

1BALYENA.ORG, Paseo del Mar, Brgy Pangdan Jagna, Bohol 6308, Philippines (snakagun@gmail.com)
2Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, W2-11, Inada, Obihiro, Hokkaido 080-8555, Japan
3ISLA Biodiversity Conservation, Inc., 9 Bougainvillea St, Manuela Subdivision, Las Pin~as City 1740, Philippines


Received 18 October 2015, accepted 31 December 2015

Date Pubished: 2016/04/15
Date Online: 2017/02/28


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Citation

NAKAGUN, S., LAYUSA, C.A.A. & ACEBES, J.M.V. 2016. Seabird fauna of the Babuyan Channel and adjacent waters, Northern Luzon, Philippines. Marine Ornithology 44: 43-49.


Key words: Babuyan Channel, East Asia-Australasian Flyway, Important Bird Area, Philippines, seabird fauna


Abstract

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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