Country/territory: Cook Islands

IBA Criteria met: A1, A2 (2010)
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Area: 1,800 ha

Te Ipukurea Society
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2018 high not assessed negligible
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Site description
Aitutaki is one of the northernmost of the Southern Cook Islands and is classified as an 'almost-atoll', being composed of a volcanic cone and a ring of small coral islands encircling a lagoon. The entire main island is under cultivation or secondary growth, while the vegetation of the coralline islets is largely native forest.

Key biodiversity
Blue Lorikeet (VU) is resident on the island. Wintering site for Bristle-thighed Curlew (VU).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Aitutaki. Downloaded from on 03/02/2023.