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Location Niue (to New Zealand)
Central coordinates 169o 49.20' West  19o 5.18' South
IBA criteria A2
Area 5,400 ha
Altitude 0 - 68m
Year of IBA assessment 2008

Site description The Huvalu and Environs IBA comprises 5.4km2 of the terrestrial land area of Niue, and is centred on the Huvalu Conservation Area.

Key Biodiversity Niue is an EBA secondary area, noted for 4 restricted range species, Purple-capped fruit dove, Polynesian Triller, Polynesian Starling and Blue-crowned Lorikeet. The first three of these are common across Niue in the wooded part of the island, while the Lorikeet is rather morer scarce - but reported most frequently on or around the Huvalu Conservation Area.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Ptilinopus porphyraceus 1994-2004  2,500-9,999 individuals  medium  A2  Not Recognised 
Blue-crowned Lorikeet Vini australis 1994-2004  < 50 individuals  medium  A2  Least Concern 
Polynesian Triller Lalage maculosa 1994-2004  2,500-9,999 individuals  medium  A2  Least Concern 
Polynesian Starling Aplonis tabuensis 1994-2004  2,500-9,999 individuals  medium  A2  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Huvalu Forest Conservation Area 6,029 protected area contains site 5,400  

Protection status The Huvalu Conservation Area was established in 1992 by the Environment Unit in consultation with the villages of Liku and Hadapu.

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

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