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Location French Polynesia
Central coordinates 109o 13.11' West  10o 18.23' North
IBA criteria  
Area 881 ha
Altitude 0 - 29m
Year of IBA assessment 2012

Société d'Ornithologie de Polynésie (Manu)

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Masked Booby Sula dactylatra breeding  2003  112,000 individuals  medium  A4ii  Least Concern 
Brown Booby Sula leucogaster breeding  2003  25,000 individuals  medium  A4ii  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - seabirds breeding  2003  137,000 individuals  medium  A4iii   

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Clipperton. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016

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