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Location Samoa, Upolo
Central coordinates 171o 45.46' West  13o 53.58' South
IBA criteria A1, A2
Area 8,266 ha
Altitude 160 - 1,120m
Year of IBA assessment 2010





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.

Populations of IBA trigger species

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 areas

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.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Apia Catchments. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 17/04/2014

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