Saturday, July 7, 2007

Balabac Island

Balabac Island is an island in the Philippines, at 7.95° N 117.0208333° E. It is a part of the Palawan province.

The island is home to various endemic species. It is the home of birds like Grey Imperial-pigeon (Ducula pickeringii), Philippine Cockatoo (Cacatua haematuropygia), Blue-headed Racquet-tail (Prioniturus platenae), and the Palawan Hornbill (Anthracoceros marchei). The Philippine Mouse Deer, a subspecies of the Greater Mouse Deer (Tragulus napu) can only be found in this island.

The Molbogs, a Muslim ethnolinguistic group, is concentrated in this island. Their livelihood includes farming, fishing and barter trading with the nearby Sulu Bangsamoro and Sabah market centers.

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