|Central coordinates||171o 30.01' West 14o 0.69' South|
|IBA criteria||A1, A2|
|Altitude||300 - 545m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2010|
Ornithological information The site has been surveyed on at least 3 occasions. All surveys identified high densities of pigeons and doves, including Tooth-billed Pigeon. Ma'o is also present while good numbers of both Samoan Flycatcher and Samoan Triller have been recorded on the site.
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.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Shy Ground-dove Gallicolumba stairi||resident||-||-||-||A2||Vulnerable|
|Tooth-billed Pigeon Didunculus strigirostris||resident||-||-||-||A1, A2||Endangered|
|Many-coloured Fruit-dove Ptilinopus perousii||resident||-||present [units unknown]||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Purple-capped Fruit-dove Ptilinopus porphyraceus||resident||-||present [units unknown]||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Blue-crowned Lorikeet Vini australis||resident||-||present [units unknown]||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Flat-billed Kingfisher Todiramphus recurvirostris||resident||-||present [units unknown]||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Wattled Honeyeater Foulehaio carunculatus||resident||-||present [units unknown]||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Mao Gymnomyza samoensis||resident||-||-||-||A1, A2||Endangered|
|Polynesian Triller Lalage maculosa||resident||-||present [units unknown]||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Samoan Triller Lalage sharpei||resident||-||present [units unknown]||-||A1, A2||Near Threatened|
|Samoan Whistler Pachycephala flavifrons||resident||-||present [units unknown]||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Samoan Fantail Rhipidura nebulosa||resident||-||present [units unknown]||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Samoan Flycatcher Myiagra albiventris||resident||-||present [units unknown]||-||A1, A2||Near Threatened|
|Samoan Starling Aplonis atrifusca||resident||-||present [units unknown]||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Polynesian Starling Aplonis tabuensis||resident||-||present [units unknown]||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Red-headed Parrotfinch Erythrura cyaneovirens||resident||-||present [units unknown]||-||A2||Least Concern|
Land ownership Most of the site is under customary ownership, belonging to 4 different districts of Lotofaga, Lepa, Aleipata and Fagaloa.
Management considerations Key threats are land clearance for livestock farming, agricultural development and the potential expansion of the hydro-electic dam into Vaipu swamp.
Conservation response The site is threatened by land clearance and also, potentially, expansion of the hydro electric dam. Also natural threats sucha as cyclones have impacted in previous years. There is currently no conservation program for this site.
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2013) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Eastern Upolu Craters. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 24/05/2013
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