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Location Samoa, Upolo
Central coordinates 171o 30.67' West  13o 57.76' South
IBA criteria A1, A2
Area 2,191 ha
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.

Populations of IBA trigger species

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 areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Uafato Conservation Area 1,400 protected area contained by site 1,400  

Other biodiversity The site is home to good populations of other threatened species such as Pteropus samoensis and Intisa bijuga

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 25/07/2014

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