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Location Timor-Leste, Dili
Central coordinates 125o 30.00' East  8o 34.00' South
IBA criteria A2
Area 1,540 ha
Altitude 0 - 403m
Year of IBA assessment 2007





Site description A small catchment of near Dili with a variety of habitats including beach, grassland, mangrove, permanent saline lakes, and Eucalyptus alba savanna woodland along an altitudinal gradient. Tropical dry forest is developing in topographically protected gullies and on headwater ridges but is not extensive. Tasitolu literally means ‘three seas’ in the Timor-Leste Tetum language, and refers to the three permanent shallow saline lakes that comprise the Tasitolu wetlands. The area is of national cultural, social and historical significance being an important symbol of the East Timorese struggle for independence. Pope John Paul II held mass at the site in 1989 and it was the location for the restoration of independence celebrations on 20 May 2002.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black Cuckoo-dove Turacoena modesta resident  2007  present  A2  Near Threatened 
Pink-headed Imperial-pigeon Ducula rosacea resident  2007  present  A2  Near Threatened 
Olive-headed Lorikeet Trichoglossus euteles 2007  present  A2  Least Concern 
Jonquil Parrot Aprosmictus jonquillaceus resident  2007  present  A2  Near Threatened 
Streaky-breasted Honeyeater Meliphaga reticulata 2007  present  A2  Least Concern 
Plain Friarbird Philemon inornatus 2007  present  A2  Least Concern 
Yellow-eared Honeyeater Lichmera flavicans 2007  present  A2  Least Concern 
Red-rumped Myzomela Myzomela vulnerata 2007  present  A2  Least Concern 
Plain Gerygone Gerygone inornata 2007  present  A2  Least Concern 
Fawn-breasted Whistler Pachycephala orpheus 2007  present  A2  Least Concern 
Olive-brown Oriole Oriolus melanotis 2007  present  A2  Least Concern 
White-bellied Bushchat Saxicola gutturalis resident  2007  present  A2  Near Threatened 
Red-chested Flowerpecker Dicaeum maugei 2007  present  A2  Least Concern 
Flame-breasted Sunbird Nectarinia solaris 2007  present  A2  Least Concern 
Timor Sparrow Padda fuscata resident  2007  present  A2  Near Threatened 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Tasitolu National Park 700 is identical to site 700  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Savanna   minor
Wetlands (inland) Saline lakes; Sand dunes and beaches  major
Grassland   minor
Forest   minor

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
tourism/recreation minor
nature conservation and research major
agriculture minor
urban/industrial/transport major

Protection status This IBA has not previously been identified as a site of significant conservation value. However, it was announced by the Timor-Leste government as a Peace Park on Restoration of Independence Day (20 May 2002) because of its historical and social importance.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Tasitolu Peace Park. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 25/07/2014

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