Viti Levu Southern Highlands

Country/territory: Fiji

IBA Criteria met: A1, A2 (2006)
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Area: 67,000 ha

Protection status:

NatureFiji - MareqetiViti
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2018 medium near favourable low
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Site description
The IBA is mostly a chain of hills and low mountains, rising to the mountains of Makuluva (615m) and Nakorolo (860m) in Namosi, and Nakobalevu (464m) and Korobaba (422m) in the east.

Key biodiversity
Long-legged Warbler has been confirmed at a couple of sites within the IBA.  Frinedly Ground-dove and Pink-billed Parrotfinch are present, but scarce while Black-faced Shrikebill are regularly recorded at a number of sites.  24 of the Restricted Range species present on Viti Levu (25 in total) can be found on this site.

Other Biodiversity.  Namosi is the best known site for the endemic Fijian Burrowing Snake.  A skink, similar to the Turquoise Tree Skink, has been recorded here.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Viti Levu Southern Highlands. Downloaded from on 26/02/2021.