|Central coordinates||171o 30.67' West 13o 57.76' South|
|IBA criteria||A1, A2|
|Altitude||0 - 740m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2010|
Site description This site covers a high priority forest conservation site on the north west of Upolu island. The lowland forest was identified in the Samoa NBSAP as a high priority for forest conservation due to its pristine lowland forest and the high density and richness of plants and avifauna.
Key Biodiversity The site has been extensively surveyed since 1991 when it was recognised as a priority site for the conservation of lowland forests in Samoa. Globally threatened species such as Tooth- billed Pigeon, Mao, Samoan Triller and Samoan Flycatcher are present in the low elevations. It is the only site where the first three of these species are all found along the coastal ridges - although population densities are not as high as other identified sites.
Non-bird biodiversity: The site is home to good populations of other threatened species such as Pteropus samoensis and Intisa bijuga
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Tooth-billed Pigeon Didunculus strigirostris||resident||-||present||-||A1, A2||Critically Endangered|
|Ptilinopus porphyraceus||resident||-||present||-||A2||Not Recognised|
|Many-coloured Fruit-dove Ptilinopus perousii||resident||-||present||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Blue-crowned Lorikeet Vini australis||resident||-||present||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Flat-billed Kingfisher Todiramphus recurvirostris||resident||-||present||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Wattled Honeyeater Foulehaio carunculatus||resident||-||present||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Mao Gymnomyza samoensis||resident||-||present||-||A1, A2||Endangered|
|Polynesian Triller Lalage maculosa||resident||-||present||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Samoan Triller Lalage sharpei||resident||-||present||-||A1, A2||Near Threatened|
|Samoan Whistler Pachycephala flavifrons||resident||-||present||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Samoan Fantail Rhipidura nebulosa||resident||-||present||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Samoan Flycatcher Myiagra albiventris||resident||-||present||-||A1, A2||Near Threatened|
|Samoan Starling Aplonis atrifusca||resident||-||present||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Polynesian Starling Aplonis tabuensis||resident||-||present||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Red-headed Parrotfinch Erythrura cyaneovirens||resident||-||present||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Uafato||Conservation Area||1,400||protected area contained by site||1,400|
Protection status The Uafato Community Conservation area covers the western half of the site and is currently managed by the village of Uafato. A management plan, to maintain sustainable long-term harvesting of Intisa bijuga, has been designed.
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Uafato-Tiavea Forest. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 25/12/2014
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