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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 Sandplover 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 23/09/2014

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