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Tongoa is one of the Shepherd Islands off the Southeast coast of Epi. It is of recent volcanic origin, but has no currently active volcano. The site is centred around the village of Kurumabe, where there is an an active geothermal area that is used by Vanuatu Scrubfowl. Laika is a small island rising to c40m asl, to the north of Tongoa that is owned, and harvested by the people from Kurumabe village
North Tongoa is known for its population of Royal Parrotfinch, and as a high density Vanuatu Scrubfowl egg-laying colony. Laika is a large Wedge-tailed Shearwater colony. In addition small numbers of the pale Vanuatu Flying Fox roost on north Tongoa.
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Tongoa - Laika. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 27/01/2021.