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Location Samoa, Upolo
Central coordinates 171o 30.01' West  14o 0.69' South
IBA criteria A1, A2
Area 4,759 ha
Altitude 300 - 545m
Year of IBA assessment 2010





Site description This site covers the inland craters of Atua district on the eastern end of Upolu. The site includes the Afulilo Reservoir which was cleared for the hydro-electric dam. The site stretches from the Aleipata district where craters of Lanomoa and Luaofafine are located, to the inland craters adjacent to the Afulilo HEP dam.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Tooth-billed Pigeon Didunculus strigirostris resident  < 50  A1, A2  Critically Endangered 
Ptilinopus porphyraceus resident  present  A2  Not Recognised 
Shy Ground-dove Alopecoenas stairi resident  < 50  A2  Vulnerable 
Many-coloured Fruit-dove Ptilinopus perousii resident  present  A2  Least Concern 
Blue-crowned Lorikeet Vini australis resident  present  A2  Least Concern 
Flat-billed Kingfisher Todiramphus recurvirostris resident  present  A2  Least Concern 
Wattled Honeyeater Foulehaio carunculatus resident  present  A2  Least Concern 
Mao Gymnomyza samoensis resident  < 50  A1, A2  Endangered 
Polynesian Triller Lalage maculosa resident  present  A2  Least Concern 
Samoan Triller Lalage sharpei resident  present  A1, A2  Near Threatened 
Samoan Whistler Pachycephala flavifrons resident  present  A2  Least Concern 
Samoan Fantail Rhipidura nebulosa resident  present  A2  Least Concern 
Samoan Flycatcher Myiagra albiventris resident  present  A1, A2  Near Threatened 
Samoan Starling Aplonis atrifusca resident  present  A2  Least Concern 
Polynesian Starling Aplonis tabuensis resident  present  A2  Least Concern 
Red-headed Parrotfinch Erythrura cyaneovirens resident  present  A2  Least Concern 

Land ownership Most of the site is under customary ownership, belonging to 4 different districts of Lotofaga, Lepa, Aleipata and Fagaloa.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Eastern Upolu Craters. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 18/09/2014

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