|Central coordinates||171o 45.46' West 13o 53.58' South|
|IBA criteria||A1, A2|
|Altitude||160 - 1,120m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2010|
Ornithological information Good numbers of Tooth-billed Pigeon and Mao have been recorded in some of the survey sites within the IBA, despite its proximity to Apia. Good densities of Samoan Flycatcher, Samoan Triller, Many-coloured Fruit-dove and Polynesian Starling have also beenrecorded on site, while the densities of Red-headed Parrotfinch were higher at this site than any of the other surveyed areas.
Site description This site covers Vaisigano watershed, Leafe Watershed, and Fulusou Watershed, Lake Lanutoo National Park and Mt Vaea Reserve within the central highlands of Upolu.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Tooth-billed Pigeon Didunculus strigirostris||resident||2010||-||-||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||2010||-||-||A1, A2||Endangered|
|Cardinal Myzomela Myzomela cardinalis||resident||-||present [units unknown]||-||A2||Least Concern|
|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|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Lake Lanoto'o||National Park||2,600||protected area contained by site||2,600|
|Lake Lanoto'o||Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar)||0||protected area contained by site||0|
|Mt Vaea Botanical Reserve||Nature Reserve||52||protected area contained by site||52|
Other biodiversity The land snail Thaumatodon hystricelloides has been recorded on the site, while there is a roost of over 800 bats, Pteropus spp.
Management considerations The main threats to the area are from small scale land clearing for plantations, cyclones and human settlement pressures. Invasive plants may be having a negative impact although the evidence is currently lacking.
Conservation response Some sites, sucha as the Lake Lanutoo National Park and Mount Vaea Nature Reserve are on government land, while the Watershed Regulations in Samoa provide some protection for the catchments within the site.
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2013) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Apia Catchments. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 25/05/2013
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