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Location Micronesia, Federated States of, Yap
Central coordinates 138o 7.00' East  9o 32.37' North
IBA criteria A1, A2
Area 5,438 ha
Altitude 0 - 150m
Year of IBA assessment 2012





Site description Yap Island houses the airport and the main administrative center of Colonia. However, the population is around 6,000 and sparsely settled. Parts of the IBA are listed as potential conservation areas by the FSM NBSAP (2002) and as a current conservation area by the Micronesia Conservation Trust (MCT, 2007).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
White-throated Ground-dove Alopecoenas xanthonurus resident  present  A1, A2  Near Threatened 
Micronesian Myzomela Myzomela rubratra resident  present  A2  Least Concern 
Rufous Fantail Rhipidura rufifrons resident  present  A2  Least Concern 
Yap Monarch Monarcha godeffroyi resident  present  A1, A2  Near Threatened 
Plain White-eye Zosterops hypolais resident  present  A1, A2  Near Threatened 
Yap Olive White-eye Zosterops oleagineus resident  present  A1, A2  Near Threatened 
Micronesian Starling Aplonis opaca resident  present  A2  Least Concern 

Other biodiversity Conservation targets in the area include (NBSAP, 2002): • Mangrove Forests • High Island Nearshore Marine • Upland Broadleaf Forest • Yap Flying Fox

Protection status Parts of the IBA are listed as potential conservation areas by the FSM NBSAP (2002) and as a current conservation area by the Micronesia Conservation Trust (MCT, 2007).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Yap Island. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 28/08/2014

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