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Location Samoa, Upolo
Central coordinates 171o 25.36' West  14o 3.80' South
IBA criteria A1, A2
Area 4,579 ha
Altitude 0 - 210m
Year of IBA assessment 2010





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.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Tooth-billed Pigeon Didunculus strigirostris resident  present [units unknown]  A1, A2  Endangered 
Shy Ground-dove Gallicolumba stairi resident  2010  medium  A1, A2  Vulnerable 
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 areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Aleipata Marine Protected Area Project 5,000 is identical to site 4,579  
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.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Aleipata Marine Protected Area. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 21/04/2014

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