|Location||Mauritius, Black River|
|Central coordinates||57o 21.00' East 20o 27.00' South|
|IBA criteria||A1, A2|
|Altitude||20 - 596m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2001|
Site description This site is composed of two mountain peaks—Piton du Fouge (596 m) and Piton Canot or Chamarel Peak (530 m)—and their slopes in the extreme south-west of Mauritius. The site extends down almost to sea-level in the south and west, and to the Rivière du Cap in the east. The mountains support two small (totalling 450 ha) native vegetation patches, barely connected in the north to the more extensive forest of the Southern slopes. Most native vegetation is mixed montane forest, but dry evergreen lowland forest occurs in the rain-shadow of the west-facing slopes; all is heavily invaded by exotic plants. Surrounding the native vegetation (especially to the east) is a larger expanse of exotic vegetation (forest, scrub and pasture), which is included here because it is used by native wildlife. Part of the area is intensively managed for deer-hunting, forwhich private vehicle tracks, paths and pastures are maintained.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Mauritius Kestrel Falco punctatus||resident||1998||present||-||A1, A2||Vulnerable|
|Mascarene Swiftlet Collocalia francica||resident||1998||present||-||A1, A2||Near Threatened|
|Mascarene Paradise-flycatcher Terpsiphone bourbonnensis||resident||1998||present||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Mauritius Black Bulbul Hypsipetes olivaceus||resident||1998||present||-||A1, A2||Vulnerable|
|Mascarene Grey White-eye Zosterops borbonicus||resident||1998||present||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Fouge Mountain Reserve||Natural Reserve||0||protected area contains site||1,400|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|nature conservation and research||-|
Other biodiversity Endemic plant communities, all rich in rare and endemic species: dry evergreen lowland forest (near the coast in the south); mixed montane forest (on the upper slopes); evergreen bushland and thicket (small area). Plant species: many endemic, several very rare, some known only from this site. Mammals: Pteropus niger (VU, endemic). Reptiles: Phelsuma guimbeaui, Phelsuma cepediana (endemic).
References Cheke (1987a,b), Safford (1997a,b)
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Fouge mountain range. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 11/07/2014
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