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Location Wallis and Futuna Islands (to France)
Central coordinates 178o 1.26' West  14o 21.32' South
IBA criteria A1, A2, A4ii
Area 3,500 ha
Altitude 0 - 417m
Year of IBA assessment 2012

Site description Alofi is an almost uninhabited island (Pop'n of just 2 persons in 2005 census) that is located just 2km to the south east of Futuna by a channel. Although the island is still not populated, as there is no freshwater on the island, people from Futuna travel regularly to the island to manage their plantations. The proposed IBA covers the entire island, to the top of Mount Kolofau.

Key Biodiversity The vulnurable Shy Ground Dove has only been recorded from this island within Wallis and Futuna. A number of other restricted range species occurs in the territory, resulting in the island group being considered as a Secondary Area within the Endemic Bird Areas programme.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Red-footed Booby Sula sula breeding  2,500-9,999 individuals  poor  A4ii  Least Concern 
Ptilinopus porphyraceus 1985-1986  common  A2  Not Recognised 
Shy Ground-dove Alopecoenas stairi 1985-1986  4 adults only  medium  A1, A2  Vulnerable 
Blue-crowned Lorikeet Vini australis 1985-1986  present  A2  Least Concern 
Wattled Honeyeater Foulehaio carunculatus 1985-1986  common  A2  Least Concern 
Polynesian Triller Lalage maculosa 1985-1986  3 individuals  A2  Least Concern 
Fiji Shrikebill Clytorhynchus vitiensis 1985-1986  frequent  A2  Least Concern 
Polynesian Starling Aplonis tabuensis 1985-1986  frequent  A2  Least Concern 

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Alofi. Downloaded from on 23/10/2016

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