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Location French Polynesia, Ua Huka
Central coordinates 139o 35.00' West  8o 55.00' South
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii
Area 29 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2009

Société d'Ornithologie de Polynésie (Manu)

Site description Ensemble de trois îlots rocheux basaltiques et coralliens au large de l'île principale de Ua Huka.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Sooty Tern Onychoprion fuscatus breeding  500,000-1,000,000 individuals  unknown  A4i  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds 500,100-1,000,500 individuals  A4iii   

IBA Monitoring

2006 medium not assessed not assessed

Human intrusions and disturbance work and other activities happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Invasive and other problematic species and genes invasive non-native/alien species/diseases - named species likely in short term (within 4 years) majority/most of area/population (50-90%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Over-exploitation, persecution and control of species hunting & collecting terrestrial animals - intentional use (species being assessed is the target) happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Coastline Rock stacks & islets  -
Rocky areas   -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
other -
Notes: Collection of Sooty Tern Sterna fuscata eggs.

References Thibault, J.-C. 1988. Menaces et conservation des oiseaux de Polynésie Française. 87-124 in J.-C.Thibault et I. Guyot ed. Livre rouge des oiseaux menacés des régions française d'outre-mer (Monogr. 5), Conseil International pour la Protection des Oiseaux, Saint-Cloud. Seitre, R., Seitre, J. 1990. SPREP occasional paper series N°8, Causes de dispariton des oiseaux terrestres de Polynésie Française. South Pacific Regional Environment Programme, South Pacific Commission, Noumea, New Caledonia : 92pp.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Ilots rocheux de Ua Huka. Downloaded from on 06/03/2015

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