|Location||Tanzania, Zanzibar and Pemba|
|Central coordinates||39o 56.00' East 6o 54.00' South|
|IBA criteria||A4i, A4ii, A4iii|
|Altitude||0 - 4m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2001|
Ornithological information See Box for key species. The island is one of the most important on the east African coastline for breeding seabirds. A colony of Sula dactylatra occupies virtually the whole of the central plateau. Sterna fuscata occupy the periphery of the plateau with Anous stolidus usually confined to the rocky southern tip, sometimes nesting on a small cliff. Nine Sterna sumatrana observed in November 1987 are the only records of this species from East African waters.
Site description This tiny island, barely 300 m long, lies 60 km east of Dar es Salaam and 66 km south-east of Zanzibar. It is known locally as Fungu Kizimkazi and is administered from Zanzibar. It is a weathered fossil coral island covered, to varying depths, with bird guano. There are no bushes, but a creeping succulent grows over much of the island. There is a large sand beach on the western side of the island that changes shape through the seasons. The island is oceanic as it lies off the continental shelf and is surrounded by deep water.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Masked Booby Sula dactylatra||breeding||1989||1,500 adults only||unknown||A4ii||Least Concern|
|Great Crested Tern Sterna bergii||breeding||1971||750-1,000 individuals||unknown||A4i||Least Concern|
|Sooty Tern Sterna fuscata||breeding||1989||25,000-35,000 individuals||unknown||A4i||Least Concern|
|Brown Noddy Anous stolidus||breeding||1989||10,000 individuals||unknown||A4i||Least Concern|
|A4iii Species group - waterbirds||breeding||1989||-||unknown||A4iii|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Other biodiversity Latham is thought to be of importance for nesting turtles.
Management considerations There is little information on threats. It is not known whether or to what extent disturbance or the taking of eggs is a problem.
References Baker and Boswell (1989), Bregnballe et al. (1990), Gerhart and Turner (1978), Gwynne et al. (1970).
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