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Location Timor-Leste, Dili
Central coordinates 125o 36.00' East  8o 31.00' South
IBA criteria A2
Area 2,994 ha
Altitude 0 - 500m
Year of IBA assessment 2007





Site description A scenic area close to Dili with numerous steep low hills covered in Eucalyptus alba savanna woodland. It includes a limited coastal embayment including extensive shallow mudflats and sea-grass beds, limited mangrove, rock platforms and beaches. Small stands of tropical dry forest are developing in gullies and on ridge tops. This area is part of a network of coastal wetlands that includes the Tibar, Tasitolu, Hera and Metinaro areas, which are characterised by extensive mudflat and mangrove habitats.

Key Biodiversity Nine restricted-range species have been recorded in this IBA; the Critically Endangered Christmas Island Frigatebird Fregata andrewsi has also occurred but only as a vagrant (Trainor 2004b).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Pink-headed Imperial-pigeon Ducula rosacea 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 
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 
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)  
Cristo Rei beach and hinterland Protected Wild Area 2,000 is identical to site 2,000  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Savanna   major
Forest   minor
Wetlands (inland)   minor
Coastline   minor

Protection status The Areia Branca beach and the hinterland hills and ridges were recognised as a Protected Wild Area (erroneously named “Cristo Rei beach”) by UNTAET (2000) under Regulation Number 2000/19.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Areia Branca beach and hinterland. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 28/11/2014

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