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Location Fiji, Vanua Levu
Central coordinates 179o 49.00' East  16o 36.00' South
IBA criteria A1, A2
Area 17,600 ha
Altitude 0 - 832m
Year of IBA assessment 2006

NatureFiji- MareqetiViti (Affiliate)



Summary This IBA contains most of the large remaining forest tracts on the peninsula. There is a unique assemblage of birds, and is the sole location for the Vanua Levu subspecies of Silktail, 

Key Biodiversity This IBA supports seven of the nine subspecies endemic to Vanua Levu. The peninsula is also ornithologically unusual in having no Giant Forest Honeyeaters or Blue-crested Broadbills which are otherwise widespread across Vanua Levu and Taveuni. A1 Globally threatened species * Friendly Ground-dove (VU) – often seen * Silktail (NT) – a high proportion of the Natewa/Tunuloa subspecies L. v. kleinschmidti A2 Restricted-range species 21 species (out of 21 on Natewa peninsula and 24 on Vanua Levu), including all three endemic to Vanua Levu and Taveuni.

Non-bird biodiversity: There have been no systematic surveys of any biodiversity groups except for birds in the IBA.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Fiji Goshawk Accipiter rufitorques resident  2005  uncommon  A2  Least Concern 
Shy Ground-dove Alopecoenas stairi resident  2005  rare  A1, A2  Vulnerable 
Many-coloured Fruit-dove Ptilinopus perousii resident  2005  rare  A2  Least Concern 
Orange Dove Chrysoena victor resident  2005  frequent  A2  Least Concern 
Barking Imperial-pigeon Ducula latrans resident  2005  common  A2  Least Concern 
Collared Lory Phigys solitarius resident  2005  uncommon  A2  Least Concern 
Maroon Shining-parrot Prosopeia tabuensis resident  2005  common  A2  Least Concern 
Wattled Honeyeater Foulehaio carunculatus resident  2005  uncommon  A2  Least Concern 
Orange-breasted Myzomela Myzomela jugularis resident  2005  frequent  A2  Least Concern 
Fiji Woodswallow Artamus mentalis resident  2005  rare  A2  Least Concern 
Polynesian Triller Lalage maculosa resident  2005  uncommon  A2  Least Concern 
Streaked Fantail Rhipidura verreauxi resident  2005  frequent  A2  Least Concern 
Slaty Monarch Mayrornis lessoni resident  2005  common  A2  Least Concern 
Fiji Shrikebill Clytorhynchus vitiensis resident  2005  frequent  A2  Least Concern 
Black-throated Shrikebill Clytorhynchus nigrogularis resident  2005  rare  A1, A2  Vulnerable 
Vanikoro Flycatcher Myiagra vanikorensis resident  2005  frequent  A2  Least Concern 
Silktail Lamprolia victoriae resident  2005  frequent  A1, A2  Near Threatened 
Fiji Bush-warbler Cettia ruficapilla resident  2005  frequent  A2  Least Concern 
Layard's White-eye Zosterops explorator resident  2005  common  A2  Least Concern 
Polynesian Starling Aplonis tabuensis resident  2005  rare  A2  Least Concern 
Fiji Parrotfinch Erythrura pealii resident  2005  frequent  A2  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2010 medium unfavourable low
  Habitat
Good - based on reliable and complete / representative data

Agricultural expansion and intensification annual & perennial non-timber crops - shifting agriculture happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Invasive and other problematic species and genes invasive non-native/alien species/diseases - unspecified species happening now whole area/population (>90%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Over-exploitation, persecution and control of species logging & wood harvesting - unintentional effects: subsistence/small scale likely in long term (beyond 4 years) some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium

Forest   0 0 moderate (70-90%) moderate (70-90%) unfavourable

Some of site covered (10-49%)  A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive  Substantive conservation measures are being implemented but these are not comprehensive and are limited by resources and capacity  low 

Local conservation groups The local conservation group below is working to support conservation at this IBA.

Name Year formed
Sisi Initiative 2006

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest   major

Land ownership The land tenure includes parts of 68 Native Lands (totalling about 20,506 ha), two Freehold Lands (about 320 ha) and two Crown Scheduled Lands (about 246 ha).

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
forestry -
agriculture -

Protection status Unprotected. Site of National Significance.

References BIRDLIFE INTERNATIONAL (2004 & 2005) Fiji Programme IBA project field reports Nos 24 and 41. Unpublished Reports.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Natewa/Tunuloa Peninsula. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 26/12/2014

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