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Location Fiji, Viti Levu
Central coordinates 178o 17.00' East  18o 5.00' South
IBA criteria A1, A2
Area 67,000 ha
Altitude 427 - 915m
Year of IBA assessment 2006

NatureFiji- MareqetiViti (Affiliate)



Summary The site supports most of Viti Levu's threatened and endemic birds, including Long-legged Warbler, Pink-billed Parrotfinch and Friendly Ground-dove.  Its proximity to Suva makes it relatively accessible.

Site description The IBA is mostly a chain of hills and low mountains, rising to the mountains of Makuluva (615m) and Nakorolo (860m) in Namosi, and Nakobalevu (464m) and Korobaba (422m) in the east.

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  uncommon  A2  Least Concern 
Golden Dove Chrysoena luteovirens resident  2005  abundant  A2  Least Concern 
Barking Imperial-pigeon Ducula latrans resident  2005  abundant  A2  Least Concern 
Collared Lory Phigys solitarius resident  2005  abundant  A2  Least Concern 
Masked Shining-parrot Prosopeia personata resident  2005  common  A1, A2  Near Threatened 
Wattled Honeyeater Foulehaio carunculatus resident  2005  abundant  A2  Least Concern 
Giant Honeyeater Gymnomyza viridis resident  2005  abundant  A2  Least Concern 
Orange-breasted Myzomela Myzomela jugularis resident  2005  common  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  abundant  A2  Least Concern 
Slaty Monarch Mayrornis lessoni resident  2005  frequent  A2  Least Concern 
Fiji Shrikebill Clytorhynchus vitiensis resident  2005  frequent  A2  Least Concern 
Black-throated Shrikebill Clytorhynchus nigrogularis resident  2005  uncommon  A1, A2  Vulnerable 
Vanikoro Flycatcher Myiagra vanikorensis resident  2005  frequent  A2  Least Concern 
Blue-crested Flycatcher Myiagra azureocapilla resident  2005  frequent  A2  Least Concern 
Long-legged Thicketbird Trichocichla rufa resident  2005  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  common  A2  Least Concern 
Fiji Parrotfinch Erythrura pealii resident  2005  common  A2  Least Concern 
Pink-billed Parrotfinch Erythrura kleinschmidti resident  2005  uncommon  A1, A2  Vulnerable 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Garrick Memorial Nature Reserve 428 protected area contained by site 428  
Savura Forest Reserved Forest 448 protected area contained by site 448  
Upper Navua Conservation Area Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 615 protected area overlaps with site 500  
Vago Reserved Forest 408 protected area contained by site 408  

Land ownership Land tenure is mostly Native Lands, with 18 small Freehold Lands (totalling about 2,031ha) and five Crown lands (1,177ha).

References BirdLife International.  Fiji Programme IBA project field reports.  Nos 1, 3, 4, 5, 8, 13, 15, 16 and 21.

Keppell G (2005)  botanical survey at Savura, a lowland rain forest site along the PABITRA Gateway Transect, Viti Levu, Fiji.  Pacific Science 59, 175-191
Kirkpatrick JB and Hassall D. C. (1985)  The vegetation and flora along an altitudinal transect through tropical forest at Mount Korobaba, Fiji.  New Zealand Journal of Botany 23: 33-46
Watling, R, Vodonivalu, S, Balawa J, Singh B and Rodda P. (1989) A management plan for the Garrick Memorial Reserve, Fiji.  Suva Environment Consultants (Fiji) Ltd.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Viti Levu Southern Highlands. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 22/10/2014

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