Malaita Highlands

Country/territory: Solomon Islands

IBA criteria met: A1, A2 (2010)
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Area: 58,379 ha

Site description (2010 baseline)
the site encompasses the highest peak of Malaita and the surrounding montane and lowland forest. There are few villages situated inside the proposed area. The boundary extends to include lowland forest adjacent to the Wairaha River, providing a complete transition from low altitude to extreme highland.

Key biodiversity
A number of montane forest species endemic to Malaita have been recorded here including Rhipidura malaitae, Zosterops stresemanniand Myzomela malaitae. Other species likely to be dependent on high elevation forests include Ducula brenchleyi, Gymnophaps solomonensis, Columba vitiensis, Charmosyna meeki and C. margarethae.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Malaita Highlands. Downloaded from on 30/11/2023.