Year of compilation: 2003

Site description
Topography of this area is flat. There is Toweka village near this area in the southern part. The people who lived in this area work as farmer, fisherman and labour in PT. Global (banana plantation).

Key biodiversity
This area is nesting site of the vulnerable Moluccan Scrubfowl (BirdLife International 2001). This area produces about 135000 eggs/year. The bird ussually come in the evening from forest aroundthis area and laid egg at night. This area is also as nesting site of Dusky Scrubfowl.

Non-bird biodiversity: The beach is also used for nesting site of Dermochelys coriacea which has already difficult to find.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Natural habitat alteration, coconut and banana plantation can be regarded as threat for the mangrove forest. Uncontolled egg collection (Moluccan Megapode) is a threat for bird population, and proven by local peoples that the egg production number every year has decrease (Heij & Rompas 1997).

Habitat and land use
Mangrove forest (150 ha) located behind nesting site of Moluccan Scrubfowl (Monk 1997, Baker 1997).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Galela. Downloaded from on 06/08/2020.