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Location Samoa, Savaii
Central coordinates 172o 24.99' West  13o 36.77' South
IBA criteria A1, A2
Area 76,258 ha
Altitude 500 - 1,800m
Year of IBA assessment 2010





Site description This site is home to the largest diversity and population of birds in the country. It covers all the Savaii uplands above approximately 500m in elevation. This includes the Tuasivi Ridge, itself classed as a KBA and an AZE as the last site for the Samoan Moorhen.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Samoan Moorhen Gallinula pacifica resident  present [units unknown]  A1, A2  Critically Endangered 
Tooth-billed Pigeon Didunculus strigirostris resident  2010  A1, A2  Endangered 
Shy Ground-dove Gallicolumba stairi resident  present [units unknown]  A1, A2  Vulnerable 
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 
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 White-eye Zosterops samoensis resident  A1, A2  Vulnerable 
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 

Protection status Three national parks are located around the perimeter of the site - Asau-Falelima NP in the North West, Lata NP in the south and Mauga Salafai NP to the east. The site incorporates the Tuasiva Ridge KBA and AZE site within its boundaries.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Central Savaii Rainforest. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 18/04/2014

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