|Central coordinates||171o 25.36' West 14o 3.80' South|
|IBA criteria||A1, A2|
|Altitude||0 - 210m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2010|
Ornithological information This site is of critical importance as a major site for nesting seabirds, although counts of numbers present have not yet been attained. In additioan it is home to a number of globally threatened terrestrial species.
Site description This site follows the boundaries of the Aleipata MPA which includes the outer islands and the inshore reef of the Aleipata district. The site comprises 4 small islands off the coast of Aleipata all of which have lowland rainforest ecosystems. An extensive intertidal zone provides a feeding site for migrant seabirds, while there is also a mangrove forest.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Shy Ground-dove Gallicolumba stairi||resident||2010||-||medium||A1, A2||Vulnerable|
|Tooth-billed Pigeon Didunculus strigirostris||resident||-||present [units unknown]||-||A1, A2||Endangered|
|Many-coloured Fruit-dove Ptilinopus perousii||resident||-||present [units unknown]||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Purple-capped Fruit-dove Ptilinopus porphyraceus||resident||-||present [units unknown]||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Blue-crowned Lorikeet Vini australis||resident||-||present [units unknown]||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Flat-billed Kingfisher Todiramphus recurvirostris||resident||-||present [units unknown]||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Wattled Honeyeater Foulehaio carunculatus||resident||-||present [units unknown]||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Cardinal Myzomela Myzomela cardinalis||resident||-||present [units unknown]||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Polynesian Triller Lalage maculosa||resident||-||present [units unknown]||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Samoan Whistler Pachycephala flavifrons||resident||-||present [units unknown]||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Samoan Fantail Rhipidura nebulosa||resident||-||present [units unknown]||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Samoan Flycatcher Myiagra albiventris||resident||-||present [units unknown]||-||A1, A2||Near Threatened|
|Samoan Starling Aplonis atrifusca||resident||-||present [units unknown]||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Polynesian Starling Aplonis tabuensis||resident||-||present [units unknown]||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Red-headed Parrotfinch Erythrura cyaneovirens||resident||-||present [units unknown]||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Aleipata Marine Protected Area||Project||5,000||is identical to site||5,000|
|Nu'utele Islands||Other Area||170||protected area contained by site||170|
Other biodiversity The site is a major nesting site for the hawksbill turtle, while the MPA is a foraging ground for green turtles and humpback whales.
Management considerations Presence of invasive rats has been addressed, hopefully, through eradication together with increased biosecurity measures for all boats visiting the island. There are still a few pigs on the island that may cause problems if not addressed quickly.
Conservation response A rat eradication programme was undertaken on Nu'utele and Nu'ulua in autumn 2009. Although it is early days yet first signs are encouraging. There are still some pigs on the island.
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2013) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Aleipata Marine Protected Area. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 20/06/2013
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