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Location Fiji, Vanua Levu
Central coordinates 179o 24.00' East  16o 38.00' South
IBA criteria A1, A2
Area 72,000 ha
Altitude 90 - 941m
Year of IBA assessment 2006

NatureFiji- MareqetiViti (Affiliate)



Site description This IBA contains the only known site for the Vanua Levu subspecies of Long-legged Warbler (EN), and has all the other endemic birds on Vanua Levu except for the Silktail, which is restricted to another peninsula. It consists of the largest remaining important forests in Vanua Levu, and includes six Sites of National Significance as outlined in the BSAP: Delaikoro, Waisali, Tavea, Valili, Drawa and Delainacau.

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  frequent  A1, A2  Vulnerable 
Many-coloured Fruit-dove Ptilinopus perousii resident  2005  frequent  A2  Least Concern 
Orange Dove Chrysoena victor resident  2005  common  A2  Least Concern 
Barking Imperial-pigeon Ducula latrans resident  2005  abundant  A2  Least Concern 
Collared Lory Phigys solitarius resident  2005  common  A2  Least Concern 
Maroon Shining-parrot Prosopeia tabuensis resident  2005  common  A2  Least Concern 
Wattled Honeyeater Foulehaio carunculatus resident  2005  common  A2  Least Concern 
Giant Honeyeater Gymnomyza viridis resident  2005  uncommon  A2  Least Concern 
Orange-breasted Myzomela Myzomela jugularis resident  2005  abundant  A2  Least Concern 
Fiji Woodswallow Artamus mentalis resident  2005  rare  A2  Least Concern 
Polynesian Triller Lalage maculosa resident  2005  abundant  A2  Least Concern 
Streaked Fantail Rhipidura verreauxi resident  2005  common  A2  Least Concern 
Slaty Monarch Mayrornis lessoni resident  2005  common  A2  Least Concern 
Fiji Shrikebill Clytorhynchus vitiensis resident  2005  uncommon  A2  Least Concern 
Black-throated Shrikebill Clytorhynchus nigrogularis resident  2005  rare  A1, A2  Vulnerable 
Vanikoro Flycatcher Myiagra vanikorensis resident  2005  frequent  A2  Least Concern 
Blue-crested Flycatcher Myiagra azureocapilla resident  2005  common  A2  Least Concern 
Long-legged Thicketbird Trichocichla rufa resident  1974  1 individuals  poor  A1, A2  Endangered 
Fiji Bush-warbler Cettia ruficapilla resident  2005  abundant  A2  Least Concern 
Layard's White-eye Zosterops explorator resident  2005  abundant  A2  Least Concern 
Polynesian Starling Aplonis tabuensis resident  2005  frequent  A2  Least Concern 
Fiji Parrotfinch Erythrura pealii resident  2005  frequent  A2  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Waisali Forest Amenity Reserve 50 protected area contained by site 50  

Other biodiversity Limited surveys have been undertaken in Waisali and Drawa only. Waisali is the only known site for the Fijian Ground Frog (EN) on mainland Fiji (Viti Levu and Vanua Levu) despite the presence of mongoose. Waisali also supports the Fijian Tree Frog (NT) and at least four species of reptile including the Turquoise Tree Skink which is known only from one other specimen. The BSAP technical botanical report identified six Vanua Levu sites of high botanical biodiversity, four of which are part of this IBA (Waisali, Mt Dikeva, Mt Delainacau and Mt Kasi). Botanical surveys at Drawa showed that 51% of flora species are native, 47% are endemic to Fiji and 10 species are threatened within Fiji.

Protection status Unprotected except for Waisali Forest Amenity Reserve (120 ha). Most of the site is a Site of National Significance.

References BIRDLIFE INTERNATIONAL (2005) Fiji Programme IBA project field reports Nos 26, 31, 34, 35 and 36. FUNG, C. (2005) Profile of the Drawa Model Area. Appraisal of a Rural Forest Area in Fiji. Suva: Pacific German Regional Forestry Project. Unpublished report. GOF (1998) Botanical Biodiversity in Fiji. Technical Group 3, Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan. Suva: Department of Environment. Unpublished report: MORRISON, C., NAIKATINI, A., THOMAS, N., ROUNDS, I., THAMAN, B. AND NIUKULA, J. (2004) Importance of Waisali Reserve, Vanua Levu for herpetofauna conservation in Fiji. South Pacific Journal of Natural Science 22: 71–74. SOUTH PACIFIC REGIONAL HERBARIUM (2004) Baseline Floral and Faunal Survey of Waisali Reserve, Cakaudrove, Fiji Island. Biodiversity and Ethnobiodiversity Report. Suva: South Pacific Regional Herbarium. TUIWAWA, M. in litt. (1999, 2000)

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Wailevu/Dreketi Highlands. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 30/07/2014

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