|Location||Northern Mariana Islands (to USA), Maug Islands|
|Central coordinates||145o 22.00' East 20o 2.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A2|
|Altitude||0 - 227m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2012|
Site description The proposed Maug Islands IBA is composed of three separate islets that are the remains of a collapsed volcanic cone. They are thickly vegetated mostly with grasses, low scrub, and coconut trees. The proposed IBA is uninhabited and protected by CNMI law as a Wildlife Conservation Area.
Key Biodiversity The entire three-island complex of Maug is proposed as an IBA because of its population of breeding seabirds. The three Maug Islands qualify under the A4i criteria for Brown Noddies and under the A4ii criteria for Red-tailed Tropicbirds. Micronesian Megapodes are common on Maug (Reichel and Glass, 1991). Maug is also home to Micronesian Starlings and Micronesian Honeyeaters. The islands are lushly vegetated (UOG, 1977) and are protected as part of the Northern Islands Conservation Areas (DFW, 2007d).
Non-bird biodiversity: Additional species occurring on the island include Mariana Fruit Bat.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Micronesian Scrubfowl Megapodius laperouse||resident||-||present||-||A1, A2||Endangered|
|Red-tailed Tropicbird Phaethon rubricauda||breeding||1979-1988||200 breeding pairs||medium||A4ii||Least Concern|
|Brown Noddy Anous stolidus||breeding||1979-1988||6,000 breeding pairs||medium||A4i||Least Concern|
|Micronesian Myzomela Myzomela rubratra||resident||-||present||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Micronesian Starling Aplonis opaca||resident||-||present||-||A2||Least Concern|
|2007||medium||not assessed||not assessed|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Maug Island Preserve||Primeval Reserve||205||protected area contains site||186|
Protection status The IBA is formally and fully protected as a Wildlife Conservation Area by the CNMI Division of Fish and Wildlife (DFW, 2007.
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Maug Islands. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 27/11/2014
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