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Location Fiji, Kadavu
Central coordinates 178o 22.00' East  18o 59.00' South
IBA criteria A1, A2
Area 7,800 ha
Altitude 100 - 634m
Year of IBA assessment 2006

NatureFiji- MareqetiViti (Affiliate)



Summary East Kadavu has the largest area of old-growth forest in Kadavu including extensive areas of lowland rainforest. It supports the largest populations of the four bird species endemic to Kadavu, and probably also nesting colonies of Collared Petrels.

Site description The terrain is rugged and includes the second and third highest peaks on Kadavu, Mt Niabutubutu at 634 m and Mt Biloniyaqona. 

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Collared Petrel Pterodroma brevipes breeding  2005  unknown  poor  A1  Vulnerable 
Fiji Goshawk Accipiter rufitorques resident  2005  rare  A2  Least Concern 
Whistling Dove Chrysoena viridis resident  2005  common  A1, A2  Near Threatened 
Shy Ground-dove Alopecoenas stairi resident  2005  uncommon  A1, A2  Vulnerable 
Barking Imperial-pigeon Ducula latrans resident  2005  abundant  A2  Least Concern 
Collared Lory Phigys solitarius resident  2005  abundant  A2  Least Concern 
Crimson Shining-parrot Prosopeia splendens resident  2005  common  A1, A2  Vulnerable 
Kadavu Honeyeater Xanthotis provocator resident  2005  frequent  A2  Least Concern 
Orange-breasted Myzomela Myzomela jugularis resident  2005  common  A2  Least Concern 
Polynesian Triller Lalage maculosa resident  2005  uncommon  A2  Least Concern 
Kadavu Fantail Rhipidura personata resident  2005  common  A1, A2  Near Threatened 
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  unknown  A1, A2  Vulnerable 
Vanikoro Flycatcher Myiagra vanikorensis resident  2005  common  A2  Least Concern 
Fiji Bush-warbler Cettia ruficapilla resident  2005  common  A2  Least Concern 
Layard's White-eye Zosterops explorator resident  2005  abundant  A2  Least Concern 
Polynesian Starling Aplonis tabuensis resident  2005  rare  A2  Least Concern 

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Lower montane rain forest (tropical); Lowland evergreen rain forest (tropical); Lowland forest - mixed swamp  major

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
forestry -
hunting -
Notes: Traditional practice of harvesting Collared Petrels for food is reported to continue.

Other biodiversity East Kadavu has not been surveyed for other biodiversity. The lowland dry forests are likely to support species not occurring at Nabukelevu, the other IBA on Kadavu.

Protection status Unprotected

References BIRDLIFE INTERNATIONAL (2005) Fiji Programme IBA project field report No. 43 CORREIA (1925) Whitney South Sea expedition diary O: 1 (in American Museum of Natural History).Unpublished.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: East Kadavu. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 03/09/2014

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