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Location Tanzania, Mtwara
Central coordinates 40o 22.00' East  10o 25.00' South
IBA criteria A4i
Area 10,000 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Site description Mnazi is a shallow bay just to the north of the Ruvuma river. It is protected on the seaward side by the Rawira peninsula to the south and by a series of small islands to the north.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Crab Plover Dromas ardeola winter  1995  750 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Greater Sand Plover Charadrius leschenaultii winter  1995  1,823 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial   20%
Forest   80%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture -

Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.

References Baker (1997).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Mnazi Bay. Downloaded from on 23/07/2014

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