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Location Fiji, Viti Levu
Central coordinates 177o 37.00' East  17o 43.00' South
IBA criteria A1, A2
Area 17,100 ha
Altitude 610 - 1,195m
Year of IBA assessment 2006

NatureFiji- MareqetiViti (Affiliate)



Site description Koroyanitu and Vaturu support the sub-set of endemic birds which occur in the drier transitional forest of west Viti Levu, and this drier forest also supports high numbers of Friendly Ground-doves (VU). Koroyanitu is a community-managed protected area and Vaturu is a protected water catchment forest.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Fiji Goshawk Accipiter rufitorques resident  2005  frequent  A2  Least Concern 
Shy Ground-dove Alopecoenas stairi resident  2005  frequent  A1, A2  Vulnerable 
Many-coloured Fruit-dove Ptilinopus perousii resident  2005  common  A2  Least Concern 
Golden Dove Chrysoena luteovirens resident  2005  common  A2  Least Concern 
Barking Imperial-pigeon Ducula latrans resident  2005  common  A2  Least Concern 
Collared Lory Phigys solitarius resident  2005  common  A2  Least Concern 
Masked Shining-parrot Prosopeia personata resident  2005  frequent  A1, A2  Near Threatened 
Wattled Honeyeater Foulehaio carunculatus resident  2005  abundant  A2  Least Concern 
Giant Honeyeater Gymnomyza viridis resident  2005  common  A2  Least Concern 
Orange-breasted Myzomela Myzomela jugularis resident  2005  common  A2  Least Concern 
Fiji Woodswallow Artamus mentalis resident  2005  common  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  common  A2  Least Concern 
Black-throated Shrikebill Clytorhynchus nigrogularis resident  2005  rare  A1, A2  Vulnerable 
Vanikoro Flycatcher Myiagra vanikorensis resident  2005  common  A2  Least Concern 
Blue-crested Flycatcher Myiagra azureocapilla resident  2005  frequent  A2  Least Concern 
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  abundant  A2  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Koroyanitu National Heritage Park 3,500 protected area contained by site 3,500  
Vatura Forest Amenity Reserve Amenity Reserve 0 protected area contained by site 0  

Habitats

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

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
forestry -
water management -
nature conservation and research -
agriculture -
rangeland/pastureland -

Other biodiversity Koroyanitu and the Mt Evans range is a hot-spot for endemic plants including two species found nowhere else in the world, Aglaia evansensis (CR) and Syzygium minus (EN). The vertebrate fauna of Koroyanitu includes the Fijian Tree Frog (NT), but no biodiversity surveys have been undertaken at Vaturu.

Protection status This IBA is part of the Koroyanitu National Heritage Park. This designation has no legal status in Fiji but is used here to denote areas where land-owners, the Native Land Trust Board and the government have agreed to protect nationally imprortant natural and cultural values and to assist their protection by the development of ecotourism

References BIRDLIFE INTERNATIONAL (2005) Fiji Programme IBA project field report No. 9. GOF(1998) Botanical Biodiversity in Fiji.Technical Group 3, Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan. Suva: Department of Environment. Unpublished report. THAMAN, R. (1996) The biodiversity of Koroyanitu National Park. Domodomo 10: 28–50.

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

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