The island of Ambae is a massive shield volcano and the summit is largely deforested above 1400 m as a result of ongoing volcanic activity. There are numerous villages on the lower and middle slopes of Ambae, up to about 500 m. The upper slopes have wet rainforest in the north and east and drier forests on the other side of the island, in the rain shadow area.
The upland area of the island is a stronghold for Palm lorikeet and a regular site for rusty-winged starling.
Non-bird biodiversity: The Duviara Conservation Area contains 12 endemic plants and an endemic freshwater fish. Conservation status of these species is not known.
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Ambae. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 29/09/2020.