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Location Nauru
Central coordinates 166o 57.09' East  0o 31.67' South
IBA criteria A1, A2
Area 35 ha
Altitude 0 - 70m
Year of IBA assessment 2008





Site description The escarpment ranges in gradient from vertical cliffs to gradually sloping areas of colluvial soil. A line of wooded cliffs overlooking Anibare Bay, comprises the richest remaining native vegetation on the island, is distributed from Meneng Hotel in the south to the Ijuw-Anabar mangrove ponds in the north.

Key Biodiversity This site is reported as the area holding the highest density of Nauru Reed-warbler on the island, although actual numbers involved are not provided. It is likely to also be a preferred site for nesting Micronesian Imperial Pigeons, if any still remain, and is also known to hold numbers of tree-nesting seabirds such as black noddies.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Nauru Reed-warbler Acrocephalus rehsei 1995  50-249 breeding pairs  poor  A1, A2  Vulnerable 

Protection status The area was proposed as a protected area in the National Assessment Report (Republic of Nauru 2004).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Anibare Bay Escarpment. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 22/12/2014

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