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Location Mayotte (to France), Chirongui Canton
Central coordinates 45o 9.00' East  12o 55.00' South
IBA criteria A1, A2
Area 325 ha
Altitude 0 - 5m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Site description The site comprises the coastal fringe of the large bay in south-west Mayotte. It extends from Poroani village (in the north) to Karoni hamlet, including the largest extent of mangrove on Mayotte (and indeed the Comoro archipelago), the landward strip adjacent to it, and also some intertidal mud. The strip is about 13 km long, and the mangrove belt reaches a maximum thickness of about 800 m. The landward side is cultivated with bananas and coconut, with a woodland of large trees (especially Heritiera sp. and Erythrina sp.) bordering the coast. The coastal plain is almost flat for up to 1.5 km inland. The towns of Chirongui and Tsimkoura lie a few hundred metres inland on this strip.

Key Biodiversity See Box and Table 2 for key species. Most of the forest-living birds of Mayotte occur. Of special importance at this site is the small population in the south (around Chirongui) of the restricted-range species Foudia eminentissima, which is otherwise poorly represented in the site inventory for Mayotte. Other species rare or absent from inland sites on Mayotte include the herons Ardeola idae and Butorides striatus and most shorebirds. In addition to the species listed, the threatened Ardea humbloti may occur as an occasional visitor.

Non-bird biodiversity: Threatened ecosystem: mangrove (largest area in Comoro archipelago). Reptiles: Phelsuma robertmertensii. No other data specific to this site.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Madagascar Pond-heron Ardeola idae winter  present  A1  Endangered 
Mayotte Drongo Dicrurus waldenii resident  1998  present  A1, A2  Vulnerable 
Mayotte White-eye Zosterops mayottensis resident  1998  present  A2  Least Concern 
Mayotte Sunbird Nectarinia coquerellii resident  1998  present  A2  Least Concern 
Red-headed Fody Foudia eminentissima resident  1998  present  A2  Least Concern 

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
forestry -
not utilised -

References Benson (1960), Louette (1988a,c, 1999), Louette et al. (1993), Stevens and Louette (1999).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Bouéni Bay Mangroves. Downloaded from on 23/10/2016

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